DTU Aqua contributes to the common European monitoring of fish and shellfish stocks.
DTU Aqua contributes to the joint European monitoring of the status and development of fish and shellfish stocks.
DTU Aqua has a number of contracts with the Danish AgriFish Agency and the European Commission regarding development work, data collection, and participation in international advisory groups.
The largest contract involves collecting fish and fishery data, and utilising these data in scientific advice on fisheries management. Data are collected in a similar way throughout the EU, in accordance with the obligations laid down in the EU Data Collection Framework.
In all, the contracts with the Danish AgriFish Agency are valued at around DKK 45 million per year. Of this, around 80 % come from the European Commission via the Danish AgriFish Agency, while the remaining 20 % are financed via the public sector consultancy contract with the Danish Ministry of the Environment and Food.
Data collection is performed on the institutes’s own research vessels, from commercial vessels, in harbours and using landing statistics, information from log books, VMS satellite monitoring, and so on.
The information collected comprises biological data such as the length, weight and age of the fish, environmental aspects and non-biological information about fishing equipment and the number of fishing days, for example.
Development of methods and technology
DTU Aqua also works to develop and improve methods and technology for monitoring fish, ecosystems and fishery, such as optical and hydro-acoustic systems for the identification and determination of densities of fish and shellfish.