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Data reporting requirements (alphabetical order)

This web page provides relevant information in support of most of the data submissions by CPCs in accordance with related GFCM decisions, which are the only official sources for data requirements.

Blackspot seabream fisheries in the Alboran Sea (GSAs 1 to 3)

Blackspot seabream fisheries in the Alboran Sea (GSAs 1 to 3)

Legal framework

  • Recommendation GFCM/41/2017/2 on the management of blackspot seabream fisheries in the Alboran Sea (geographical subareas 1 to 3) for a two-year transition period [En | Fr]

Data/information and reference year

  1. List of operating vessels authorized to carry out targeted fishing for blackspot seabream.
  2. A report on fishing activities carried out by the vessels referred to in paragraph 8, in an aggregated format, including the following minimum information: number of exploitation days, exploitation and catch area of blackspot seabream.
  3. Spatio-temporal restrictions (if they do not exist under national legislation in view of banning or restricting fishing activities to protect juvenile and/or spawner aggregation areas of blackspot seabream).

Deadline and frequency of submission

  1. Annual, by 28/29 February.
  2. Annual, by 30 November.
  3. One-shot, by 31 January 2019.

Submission procedure and reporting tools

  1. Free Excel, by email.
  2. Free Excel, by email.
  3. Free text (PDF or Word), by email.


www.fao.org/gfcm/data/reporting/blackspotseabream

Dolphin Fish (Coryphaena hippurus)

Dolphin fish

Legal framework

  • Recommendation GFCM/30/2006/2 on the establishment of a closed season for the dolphin fish fisheries using Fishing Aggregation Devices (FADs) [En]

Data/information and reference year

  • Fishing activities relaterd to dolphin fish (Coryphaena hyppurus) for the reference year n-1

Deadline and frequency of submission

  • Annual, by 31 July

Submission procedure and reporting tools

  • DCRF online platform (GFCM Excel template).


www.fao.org/gfcm/data/reporting/dolphinfish

Fishing activities in the GFCM area of application

Data on fishing activities in the GFCM area of application

Legal framework

  • Recommendation GFCM/41/2017/6 on the submission of data on fishing activities in the GFCM area of application [En - Fr]

Data/information

  • National data on catch, incidental catch of vulnerable species, fishing effort, socio-economics and biological information (as specified in Annex 1 of the Rec)
  • Information needed to assess the status of those stocks considered priority by the Commission (data structure as specified in Annex 5).

Deadline, frequency of submission and reference year

  • Annual, by 31 May
    • Global figures of national fisheries (ref. year n-1)
  • Annual/Biennial, by 31 May
    • Socio-economics - Species value, operating costs and other economic aspects (ref. year n-2)*
  • Annual, by 30 June
    • Catch - Landing and catch data per species (ref. year n-1)
    • Effort - Fleet segment, fishing gear and CPU (ref. year n-1)
  • Annual, by 31 July
    • Incidental catch of vulnerable species (ref. year n-1)
    • Biological information - Lengh, size at first maturity and maturity data (reference year n-1)
  • Annual, by 30 September
    • Biological information - Stock assessment form (ref. year n-1)**
    • Biological information - European Eel (ref. year n-1)
  • Annual, by 30 November
    • Socio-economics - Economic and social data (ref. year n-1)

*Data should refer to the reference year n-2 and their submission should take place on biennial basis only for those countries that do not have annual economic surveys in place. Countries collecting these data on a yearly basis are requested to submit them annually (keeping reference year n-2)

**The date of data submission is linked to the scheduling of the GFCM stock assessment working groups and therefore may differ from one year to another.

Submission procedure and reporting tools

IMPORTANT: the data variables which are requested by this recommendation, should be submitted to the GFCM Secretariat following the guidance provided by the relevant GFCM subsidiary bodies through the DCRF manual, including field definitions, list of species (groups 1, 2 and 3 by GFCM subregion), fishing gear, vulnerable species, shared stocks.


www.fao.org/gfcm/data/reporting/fishingactivities

Fishing fleet

Fishing fleet

Legal framework

  • Rec. GFCM/33/2009/5 on the establishment of the GFCM regional fleet register (En - Fr)
  • Rec. GFCM/33/2009/6 concerning the establishment of a GFCM record of vessels over 15 metres authorized to operate in the GFCM area of application (En - Fr)

Data/information and reference year

  • Data on fishing vessels operating in the GFCM area of competence for the reference year n-1

Deadline and frequency of submission

  • Annual, by 31 May

Submission procedure and reporting tools

  • DCRF online platform (GFCM Excel template)


www.fao.org/gfcm/data/reporting/fleet

FRA in the Jabuka/Pomo Pit in the Adriatic Sea

FRA in the Jabuka/Pomo Pit in the Adriatic Sea

Legal framework

  • Recommendation GFCM/41/2017/3 on the establishment of a fisheries restricted area in the Jabuka/Pomo Pit in the Adriatic Sea [En | Fr]

Data/information and reference year

  1. List of authorized vessels for the forthcoming year
  2. Designated landing points in which landing of demersal stocks from the Jabuka/Pomo Pit FRA is authorized.

Deadline and frequency of submission

  1. Annual, by 30 April.
  2. Annual, by 30 April.

Submission procedure and reporting tools

  1. GFCM Excel template, by email.
  2. GFCM Excel template, by email.


www.fao.org/gfcm/data/reporting/frajabukapomopit

IUU (list of vessels presumed to have carried out IUU fishing in the GFCM area)

IUU

Legal framework

Data and information

  • Information on vessels flying the flag of a non-Contracting Party, and vessels flying the flag of a Contracting Party or Cooperating non-Contracting Party, presumed to be carrying out IUU fishing activities (for inclusion on the IUU Vessel List).

Deadline and frequency of submission

  • Annual, at least 120 days before the annual GFCM Session.

Piked dogfish in the Black Sea (GSAs 29)

Piked dogfish in the Black Sea

Legal framework

  • Recommendation GFCM/39/2015/4 on management measures for piked dogfish in the Black Sea (En)

Data and information

  1. Content and characteristicts of the landing obligation scheme
  2. Information on fishing activities, catch data, incidental taking, release and/or discarding events for piked dogfish which are recorded by the ship-owners in the logbook (or equivalent)

Deadline and frequency of submission

  1. Annual, before the GFCM annual session
  2. Annual, before the SAC/WGBS annual session

Submission procedure and reporting tools

  • Excel (free template)


www.fao.org/gfcm/data/reporting/pikeddogfish

Port State measures

Port State measures

Legal framework

Recommendation GFCM/40/2016/1 on a regional scheme on port State measures to combat IUU fishing activities in the GFCM area of application (En | Fr)

Data and information

A) List of contact points in the relevant administrations

B) National ports to which foreign vessels may be permitted access and Information of inspection

Deadline and frequency of submission

A) No later than 30 days after the entry into force of this decision

B) Within 15 (ten) days of designation

Red coral (Corallium rubrum)

Red coral

Legal framework

  • Recommendation GFCM/36/2012/1 on further measures for the exploitation of red coral in the GFCM area [En - Fr]
  • Recommendation GFCM/41/2017/5 on the establishment of a regional adaptive management plan for the exploitation of red coral in the Mediterranean Sea [En - Fr]

Data/information and reference year

  1. Catch and effort data on red coral (Corallium rubrum) for the reference year n-1. The requested data variables are those listed under Annex I of the recommendation, to be submitted to the GFCM Secretariat following the guidance as defined by the SAC through the Data Collection Reference Framework (DCRF) manual, including fields definition.
  2. List of vessels authorized to harvest red coral in the Mediterranean Sea for the current and, in case, forthcoming year(s).
  3. Designated ports in which landing red coral is authorized.
  4. Information on the research campaign mission implying the use of ROVs (list of vessels authorized to use ROVs, duration of the campaign, identification of the areas where ROVs will be used for research purposes)

Deadline and frequency of submission

  1. Annual, by 30 June
  2. Annual, by 30 April
  3. Annual, by 30 April
  4. 20 days before starting the campaign

Submission procedure and reporting tools

  1. DCRF online platform (GFCM Excel template)
  2. GFCM Excel template by email
  3. GFCM Excel template by email
  4. Free Excel by email

  5. www.fao.org/gfcm/data/reporting/redcoral

SAC National reports

SAC National Reports

GFCM Contracting Parites are called to submit every year to the SAC information on the status of their fisheries, research and implementation of management measures.

Donwload the format for the preparation of SAC national reports (word format).

Scheme outside the waters under national jurisdiction in the Strait of Sicily (GSAs 12 to 16)

International joint inspection and surveillance scheme outside the waters under national jurisdiction in the Strait of Sicily (GSAs 12 to 16)

Legal framework

  • Recommendation GFCM/41/2017/8 on an international joint inspection and surveillance scheme outside the waters under national jurisdiction in the Strait of Sicily (geographical subareas 12 to 16) [En | Fr]

Data and information

Each CPC decides to participate to inspections on a voluntary basis.

  1. List of the names of inspectors authorized to perform inspection and surveillance in the GFCM area of application.
  2. Names of the vessels and aircrafts used for inspection and surveillance.

Deadline and frequency of submission

  1. Annual, by 1 December;
  2. Annual, by 15 December.

Submission procedure and reporting tools

  1. Word/PDF, by email;
  2. Word/PDF, by email.


www.fao.org/gfcm/data/reporting/internationalschemestraitsicily

SIPAM (Aquaculture productions statistics, production centres and market)

SIPAM (aquaculture data)

Legal framework

  • Recommendation GFCM/41/2017/1 on the reporting of aquaculture data and information repealing Recommendation GFCM/41/2017/1 (En | Fr)

Data/information and reference year

  • Aquaculture production statistics (APS) - Data (reference year “n-1”) by CWP statistical areas on: culture environment; cultured species; system of culture; type of culture; capture-based aquaculture input production quantity; production value;
  • Aquaculture production centres (APC) - Data (reference year “n-1”) on segment of production; environment, number of production centres; cultured species;
  • Aquaculture market data (AMD) - Data (reference year “n-1”) on trade and consumption.

Deadline and frequency of submission

  • Annual, by 31 December

Submission procedure and reporting tools

SIPAM national focal points (NFPs), as nominated by relevant national authorities, are entitled to submit national data to the GFCM Secretariat through the SIPAM online platform.


www.fao.org/gfcm/data/reporting/sipam

Small pelagic stocks (GSAs 17 and 18)

Small Pelagic Stocks in GSAs 17 and 18

Legal framework

  • Recommendation GFCM/37/2013/1 on a multiannual management plan for fisheries on small pelagic stocks in the GFCM-GSA 17 Northern Adriatic Sea) and on transitional conservation measures for fisheries on small pelagic stocks in GSA 18 (Southern Adriatic Sea) [En]

Data and information

  • List of all trawlers (single and pair trawlers), purse seiners and surrounding nets without purse line authorised to fish for small pelagic stocks and registered in harbours located in GSAs 17 and 18 or operating in GSA 17 and/or 18 although registered in harbours located in other GSA at the date of 31 October 2013 (refer to Annex I for the list of information to be communicated for each vessel)

Deadline and frequency of submission

  • Not later than 30 November 2013 followed by updates at any time such changes occur.

Submission procedure and reporting tools

  • Excel (free template)


www.fao.org/gfcm/data/reporting/smallpelagicsadriaticsea

Statlant37A (landing data FAO-GFCM)

Statlant 37A

Data and Information

  • Landing data by species, by FAO division and GFCM Geographical Sub-Area (GSA)

Deadline and frequency of submission

  • Annual not later than 31st August of each calendar year for the reference year n-1.

Submission procedure and reporting tools

Stock Assessment Forms (SAFs)

Stock Assessment Forms

Stock Assessment Form version 1.0 (January 2014) 

SAF-SP.pngSmall Pelagics

SAF-LP.pngDemersal Species



www.fao.org/gfcm/data/reporting/stockassessment

Turbot in the Black Sea (GSA 29)

Turbot fisheries in the Black Sea

Legal framework

  • Recommendation GFCM/39/2015/3 on the establishment of a set of measures to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in turbot fisheries in the Black Sea [En]
  • Recommendation GFCM/40/2016/6 on scientific monitoring, management and control of turbot fisheries in the Black Sea (GSA29) [En]
  • Recommendation GFCM/41/2017/4 on a multiannual management plan for turbot fisheries in the Black Sea (geographical subarea 29) [En]

Data and information

  1. Authorized vessels: active vessels operating in GSA 29 for which a valid fishing authorization for turbot, specifying the technical conditions under which fishing for turbot can be carried out, has been issued for the current year or forthcoming years. (information to be reported is described in Annex I of rec. GFCM/39/2015/3).
  2. Fishing activities: authorized vessels shall comply with the obligations established in Recommendation GFCM/37/2013/2, and provide a detailed report of their fishing activities, including as minimum requirements: operating days, operating area and total catch of turbot.
  3. Landing points: list of designated landing points in which landings of turbot in GSA 29 shall take place.
  4. National plans: national monitoring, control and surveillance plans for the implementation of the provisions of this recommendation shall be established by the CPCs.
  5. Control activities: results of control activities.

Deadline and frequency of submission

  1. Annual, by 31 January;
  2. Quarterly;
  3. Annual, by 30 November;
  4. Annual, by 31 January;
  5. Annual, one month before the GFCM annual session.

Submission procedure and reporting tools

  • Excel (free template) for vessels, activities and landing points.
  • PDF or Word for national plans and results of control activities.


www.fao.org/gfcm/data/reporting/turbotblacksea

Trawlers targeting demersal stocks in the Strait of Sicily (GSAs 12 to 16)

Bottom trawling vessels targeting demersal stocks in the Strait of Sicily

Legal framework

  • Recommendation GFCM/42/2018/5 on a multiannual management plan for bottom trawl fisheries exploiting demersal stocks in the Strait of Sicily (geographical subareas 12to16), repealing Recommendations GFCM/39/2015/2 and GFCM/40/2016/4 [En]

Data and information

Bottom trawlers exploiting demersal stocks including European hake and deep-water rose shrimp in the Strait of Sicily shall only be allowed to carry out specific fishing activities if these are indicated in a valid fishing authorization issued by the competent authorities and specifying the technical conditions under which such activities shall be carried out.

  1. The list of operating vessels for which such authorization has been delivered for the current or the following years;
  2. A report on fishing activities (reference year n-1) carried out by these vessels referred, in an aggregated format (according to the GFCM-DCRF fleet segmentation), and including the following minimum information: number of exploitation days, exploitation area and catches and discards of European hake and of deep-water rose shrimp;
  3. Fisheries management measures or national management plans in the Strait of Sicily adopted at the national level;
  4. Spatial restrictions in the waters under the national jurisdiction that are applied with a view to protecting spawning and nursery areas for demersal stocks, including European hake and deep-water rose shrimp;
  5. List of the designated landing ports in which landings of European hake and/or deep-water rose shrimp from the Strait of Sicily may take place.

Deadline and frequency of submission

  1. Annual, by 30 November;
  2. Annual, by 31 August;
  3. One-shot, by 31 January 2019 (followed by updates, if any, by 31 January of the following years);
  4. Annual, by 30 June;
  5. One-shot, by 30 November 2018 (followed by updates, if any).

Submission procedure and reporting tools

  1. Excel (free template);
  2. Excel (free template);
  3. Text (PDF or Word);
  4. Text (PDF or Word);
  5. Excel (free template).


www.fao.org/gfcm/data/reporting/trawlersstraitsicily

Vessel Monitoring System (VMS)

Vessel Monitoring System

Legal framework

Data and information

  1. Contact details (name, address, email, telephone and facsimile numbers) of Fisheries Monitoring Center (FMC) national authorities
  2. National report on the progress of establishment of a vessel monitoring system

Deadline and frequency of submission

  1. 31st December 2009 followed by updates
  2. Annual