Scientific fishery data collected under the EU Data Collection Framework (DCF) to assess, among others, the economic and energy performance of the EU fleets are assembled by JRC and are available on-line here.
Improving energy efficiency is decisive for competitiveness, security of supply and for meeting the commitments on climate change made under the Kyoto Protocol. At the end of 2006, the EU pledged to cut its annual consumption of primary energy by 20% by 2020. On 22 June 2011, a new set of measures for increased Energy Efficiency was proposed by the European Commission to fill the gap and put back the EU on track.
Fishing is one of the most energy-intensive food production methods in the world, depending almost entirely on fossil fuels. In 2000, the world’s fishing fleets were responsible for about 1.2% of total global fuel consumption, corresponding to 0.67 liters of fuel per Kg of live fish and shellfish landed. In 2008, the EU fleet consumed 3.7 billion liters of fuel, representing 25% of the value of landings.
In the past decade, fuel prices have increased by an average of 80% while fisheries production declined by 17% between 1995 and 2002 in the EU-25. Mostly because fishing capacity is greater than the available fish stocks, many fishing fleets in the EU have been facing economic problems. With added concerns about oil prices since 2005, energy efficiency is key to profitability and has become both a political and a scientific issue.
At a conference on energy efficiency in fisheries sponsored by the Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) in 2006, it was acknowledged that EU fishing fleets expend vast quantities of energy and that low overall efficiency is caused not by high oil costs but rather by structural deficiencies.
Two main types of technical solutions to increase efficiency and cut energy costs were considered, involving fishing gears and techniques on the one hand and onboard propulsion and energy generation on the other. As a follow-up, the Commission pledged to set up a system to exchange ideas and best practices.
This website is part of that initiative. Its primary target is fishery professionals and their associations. Relevant material for inclusion on the site should be sent to the functional mailbox further below.
The website gives access to:
- information on EU research-funding opportunities, specific EU projects, initiatives by universities, research centres, companies and professional associations and consortia at regional and national levels (Initiatives, Policy/Funding)
- related EU legislation (Policy/Funding)
- reference information and studies, scientific literature, tables and graphs (Documents)
- related links (Links)
- past and future events (Events)
- News (both automatically selected using EMM and manually selected)
- Terminology (a list of commonly used terms on Energy Efficiency in Fisheries - in 7 languages)
Most recent visit statistics for the website (last month)
- 295 visits (USA 37%, France 9%, UK 6%, Spain 6%, Italy 5%, Portugal 4%, ...)
- Most visited pages: Events (Conferences, Fairs), Reports, News
The ICEEF initiative
Since 2010, DG MARE through a series of Calls for Tenders (ICEEF-Information Collection on Energey Efficiency for Fisheries) serviced by the JRC, has compiled 3 comprehensive reports on the most recent developments, the current state of the art and the best practices on how to become energy efficient in the fishing sector.
The final reports can be accessed below: