The EU-funded Med&BS RDBFIS project after two years of work has completed its objective of developing a web-based integrated fisheries information system for the Mediterranean and Black Seas. The project aimed to facilitate the work of the EU Member States by reducing the burden of multiple data submissions under different formats, to support help to streamline and ease the reporting of Member States on the EU data collection.
The RDBFIS has become the source of EU data to support data requirements under the DCF for the specified marine regions and will contain survey and detailed biological data of demersal and small pelagic species, as well as aggregated transversal data (i.e. landings and effort). The RDBFIS will service other areas, as bycatch, stomach contents, large pelagic, alien species and recreational fisheries.
To showcase the main functionalities of the application, the project recently held two workshops where real data was used to demonstrate the various tools integrated into the Med&BS RDBFIS. The workshops had an exhaustive discussion and feedback from the participants.
The Med&BS RDBFIS project team will participate in an online National Correspondents’ meeting on March 9, 2023, to present the final results of the MARE/2020/08 grants. The meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss outcomes and overview of SECWEB, RDBFIS, STREAMLINE and FISHN’CO project.
The Med&BS RDBFIS project has been a collaborative effort involving several institutions and stakeholders across the EU, including the European Commission, the Regional Coordination Groups (Med&BS, Large Pelagic), JRC, GFCM, ICES, STECF and various Member States. The development of the Med&BS RDBFIS marks an important milestone in the EU’s efforts to support sustainable fisheries management in the region.