:a perspective from the RACs Barrie Deas: affiliations National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations North West Waters Regional Advisory Council North Sea Regional Advisory Council Europeche Two areas of data deficiency ICES stock assessments Spatial information on fishing patterns RAC initiatives ICES Stock Assessments Endemic data deficiencies 60% do not have “analytical” status Cyclical and continuing problem Undermines credibility of fisheries science Makes setting TACs difficult Increases the complexity of the December Council process Vastly increases the scope for friction and misunderstandings Some types of data deficiency Unknown levels of discards Under, over and mis-recorded catches LPUE from commercial vessels abandoned Member states resource issues Data not collected Data collected but not put in useful format Implications Precautionary approach Commission’s Policy Statement TAC setting rules TACs lower that they would otherwise be Frustration Breaking the cycle North West Waters RAC Without intervention the cycle will continue How to intervene? Taking the initiative Repetitive problem RACs provide an international forum for all stakeholders in a fishery Platform for multi-member state initiatives Proposal A Regional Task Force Fishermen, scientists, fisheries managers (member states and the Commission) Regional and fishery by fishery focus To identify data deficiencies To develop means of resolving data deficiencies To initiate partnership projects where necessary Supporting RACs North West Waters RAC North Sea RAC Others? Avoiding Duplication: current initiatives Data Collection Framework Regulation Output from this seminar Belgian Presidency conference Commission Study on Joint Data Collection in Western Waters ICES STECF Jakfish and Gap Value added Top down always delivers less Real time info vs retrospective assessments Fisheries Response Socio-economic features Move to results based approach and self regulation require the industry to document that they are doing what they have signed up for Regulation through approval and audit rather that through micro-management Tools Fisheries Science Partnerships Annual Fisheries Reports Customised initiatives Self-monitoring Observers Task Force Summary Data deficiencies are a major problem in a significant number of fisheries There is a will within the RACs to take the initiative A regional task force is a way to bring the key players together and to identify both data deficiencies and ways to remedy them Important to avoid duplicated efforts RACs and a partnership approach would bring its own value added Industry self-documentation is likely to play a significant role in a reformed CFP Marine Spatial Planning New era in which spatial information is central Network of marine protected areas Natura 2000 + Domestic UK + MSFD (?) Offshore wind-farms Marine spatial planning Limits to official data Limitations of VMS Requires interpretation Filter out steaming etc. Useful scale/ level of resolution? Under 15m not covered at present Incompatible data sets Demand for industry data Defensive mapping requires spatial data on fishing patterns MPA projects: thirsty for information to ease site designation Wind-farm site planning: mitigation measures Longer term: the advent of marine spatial planning Fishermen’s data Held by vessel operators Plotter information Paper charts Head Issues Commercial confidentiality Permission Assurances Safeguards Scale/resolution Format Compatibility RAC Project International forum/sources Recognised need to provide industry data Trust and confidence Coordinated approach Inter-reg funding Initially NSRAC NWWRAC expressed interest Method Collate fishing data in systematic fashion Format compatible with various demands Build on VMS information Data at useful level of resolution Structured interview/ digitised information Mobile phone technology for under 15m fleet Summary MSP along with MPAs, offshore wind-farms are creating a new demand for spatial data There is a lack of coherence in current initiatives to collate spatial information of fishing patterns Official data has limitations There are confidentiality/trust/safeguards issues especially at higher levels of resolution RACs, because of there composition and role, are well positioned to coordinate the collation of spatial data NSRAC is pioneering this work, with interest and support from other RACs Data deficiencies Described two areas of data deficiency in fisheries One, repetitive and cyclical One new, emerging out of new legislative requirements and need for co-existence Described how RACs are facing up to these challenges All work in progress Welcome comments, either here or later Thank you.