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RDBFIS: Integrated Fisheries Information System for the Mediterranean and Black Sea

In the context of the Data Collection Framework, the RDBFIS (Regional Database for the Mediterranean and Black Sea) project emerges as a pivotal initiative, succeeding the accomplished Med&BS RDBFIS project. This initiative, named “Hosting, maintenance and further development of the RDBFIS,” is aimed to further improve the capabilities of the existing system and to become the regional database of Mediterranean and Black Sea EU fisheries data.

Project Overview:

Funded through CINEA/EMFAF and operating within the framework of FWC EASME/2020/OP/0021, the primary goal of this specific contract is to enhance the capabilities of the Med&BS RDBFIS, as well as delivering support to the users. The Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), coordinates the initiative, and hosts the regional database.


The RDBFIS project unfolds with a comprehensive set of objectives, reflecting its commitment for refining and enhancing the performance of the existing system:

  • Temporary Hosting Solution:

Providing a robust and temporary hosting solution for the RDBFIS ensures uninterrupted access and functionality during the project’s lifecycle.

  • Maintenance of the RDBFIS:

Ensuring the continued smooth operation of the RDBFIS is paramount. This involves addressing any technical glitches, updating features, and preserving data integrity.

  • Fine-Tuning and Further Development:

Drawing from past experiences and engaging in fruitful exchanges with end-users, especially the Med&BS Member States and key stakeholders, the project aims to fine-tune and further develop the RDBFIS.  The following activities are considered: consistency of data quality checks; improvement of the R package BioIndex and its integration into RDBFIS; integration of MEDIAS survey into RDBFIS; integration of fleet economic data; construction of data elaboration routines as well as data entry forms for stomach content, PETS, alien species, Eggs&Larvae and recreational fisheries; development of a dynamic tool portraying the evolution of fleet dynamics of EU MS; integration of checks and mapping on spatial landings and effort data provided in FDI data call; performance of syntax and consistency checks on Work Plan and Annual Reports tables.

  • Support and Training:

Recognizing the importance of the users, the project extends with support and training initiatives. This includes preparing, coordinating, and organizing technical training sessions and information / dissemination fora. Online support will be provided based on a mutually agreed frequency to enhance users’ proficiency.

Scope and Duration:

The project embraces technical tasks related to hosting, maintenance, fine-tuning, and further development of the RDBFIS. Additionally, it reinforces user support through the organization of training sessions and online assistance. The geographical scope covers the Mediterranean and Black Sea, with the involvement of twelve partners and three non-partners.

The project is set to last for  24 months, commencing on the 1st of April, 2023, and concluding on the 31st March, 2024. This duration underscores the commitment to efficiently meeting the outlined objectives and enhancing the overall functionality of the RDBFIS.

As the RDBFIS project progresses, it not only represents a technical endeavour but also stands as  evidence of the collaborative spirit among data collectors, end users, and stakeholders in the Mediterranean and Black Sea.

RDBFIS has recently launched a data call with the aim to populate the system with data. This is an important milestone that will improve in the mid-term data management and data availability at regional level. Prior to the official data call member states had the opportunity to comment and provide feedback. Another significant aspect is that RDBFIS consortium is available during the whole period of the data call to explain the possibilities and the different tools in place and to solve any issues that may arise.

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