In 1999, the European Commission Directorate General for Fisheries supported an EU-wide study of fisheries dependency at regional level, implemented by consultants and research institutions in all 15 Member States. The study was coordinated and consolidated by Megapesca Lda and the main results are presented here.

Click here to go directly to the regional fisheries dependency database and maps. This contains regional profiles (1996/97) of each of 22 separate EU regions, and over 70 maps showing the degree of economic and employment dependency at NUTS III level (on fishing, processing and aquaculture).

Read about the study for a quick description of the dependency ratios used.

Click here for an updated fisheries profile (for 1998) for each Member State.

Click here for an overview of the regional economic importance of European fisheries, in the context of the Common Fisheries Policy.

Based on this, read a summary analysis of the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats in European fisheries.

More details are provided in the  Executive Summary, which is presented here in .pdf format.

Review the references and sources from the EU and Member States' institutions used for this study.

If you want details of the methodology we used for this study, then please review the Methodological Guidelines (includes data definitions, calculation of dependency ratios and GRITS (input-output) method for estimation of employment multipiers (Adobe Acrobat file).

If you need the full report with Annexes, then please download from here.
Annex 2 Landings of Marine Fish 1996/7 - 31KB download now
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