The 20th Liaison Meeting (LM) brought together the Chairs of RCGs, key end users (ICES, STECF, RFMOs), JRC, and the Commission in a hybrid meeting on September 26 & 27, 2023. The recently released report captures the essence of this meeting, highlighting the collaborative efforts and challenges in advancing data collection for fisheries management.
The meeting, led by the chair’s introduction of ToRs, delved into common topics through dynamic interactions with end users and the different RCGs. With a wide spectrum of topics addressed, the report highlights discussions directly relevant to specific groups oand end users.
Key Highlights from the 20th Liaison Meeting Report:
End User Collaboration: Acknowledging the robust cooperation between the main end users (ICES, STECF, RFMOs) and relevant RCGs, the report emphasizes formalized interactions through dedicated meetings and RCG contact persons. The annual RCG technical meeting remains pivotal, fostering transparent collaboration.
Challenges in end user driven DCF Data Collection: The report candidly addresses challenges in end user-driven DCF data collection, including issues in submission from the EU fleet. Discussions revolved around improving interaction between data collectors and end users to align needs and enhance data collection and data quality.
Improved interaction: some end users, such as GFCM, have planned workshops, aimed at enhancing data collection and quality. Other end users planned updates on data call procedures (SPRFMO), mapping tools for small-scale fisheries (GFCM), and developments in various databases (ICES, GFCM). All these elements are part of the strategic planning outlined in the report.
Recognition of Regional Databases: The vital role of regional databases in storing and disseminating DCF data is acknowledged. The report discusses dedicated developments and provides insights into the ongoing development of the Regional Database for Med&BS. RDBES updates to transition the regional database supporting the RCGs for the Baltic, North Sea and North Atlantic (NANSEA) and RCG Long Distance to a regional data base and estimation system within ICES were also discussed together with the implementation of the roadmap.
Alignment of Data Calls and Reports: Strategic discussions on aligning the FDI data call with the Annual Economic Report (AER) are detailed, addressing challenges of data duplication and inconsistencies. Suggestions for transferring biological data from Med&BS data call into the FDI database are discussed.
Collaborative Solutions for Pan Regional Subgroups: The report touches upon discussions on pan regional subgroups, providing insights into the decision to invite chairs from other regions to the first online meetings of ISSG groups. Solutions for data storing in the Diadromous ISSG, suggesting ICES as a host for databases, are explored.
Stability in Rules of Procedure (RoPs): While the report does not highlight any new updates on RoPs, it emphasizes stability and continuity in the rules governing RCGs proceedings.
Access the Full Report:
For a comprehensive understanding of the discussions and strategic recommendations emerging from the 20th Liaison Meeting, access the full report here. Dive into the intricacies of these deliberations, providing valuable insights into the future of fisheries management.