Marine Strategy & Directives
Our work supports the implementation of a number of EU Directives including the Water Framework Directive, Marine Strategy Framework Directive and DCMAP (EU Data Collection Multi Annual Programme).
The EU Water Framework Directive brings an integrated approach to managing water quality in order to protect and enhance both the ecological and chemical quality of rivers, lakes, groundwater, estuaries and coastal waters.
The Marine Strategy Framework Directive is EU legislation that aims to protect the marine environment. It’s based on an ecosystem-based approach to managing human activities, to enable sustainable use of marine goods and services.
Collection of fisheries data is an important part of supporting the delivery of the Common Fisheries Policy. We collect data through a comprehensive research vessel survey programme, port sampling of landings, sea sampling of discards, age profile of the fisheries resource, analyses of EU logbook and vessel monitoring systems data.