Fisheries and Aquaculture

Scientific and Technical Support by the Joint Research Centre


The Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) seeks to restore and maintain fish stocks at sustainable levels, put an end to wasteful fishing practices, develop sustainable aquaculture and create new opportunities for jobs and growth in EU coastal areas.

To produce robust scientific advice underpinning the CFP, and related policies relevant to the marine realm, the JRC pursues an extensive array of research activities.

You can find more information on the contribution of the JRC to the sustainable and profitable exploitation of natural renewable marine resources on the JRC Science Hub.


Customers and Partners


External Customers and Stakeholders :

  • EU Fisheries authorities (conservation and control)
  • National correspondents for fisheries data collection (in the framework of the DCF Regulation)
  • Independent experts of the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF)
  • Fisheries research community world-wide
  • Government and independent fisheries / marine R&D institutions
  • International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT)
  • International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
  • Regional Advisory Councils (RACs)
  • Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs)
  • Community Fisheries Control Agency (CFCA)
  • The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Mations (FAO)
  • General Fisheries Commission of the Mediterranean (GFCM)

Customers inside the European Commission:

  • Directore General MARE  - Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
  • Directorate General ENV - Environment
  • Directorate General RTD - Research and Innovation
  • ESTAT - Eurostat