Fishers' North Sea Stock Survey

The Fishers' North Sea Stock Survey is an annual survey of Fishers' perceptions of the state of fish stocks in the North Sea, with the aim of making this knowledge available to fisheries scientists and fisheries managers. The survey has been carried out annually since 2002.

The survey uses questionnaires circulated to fishermen in Belgium, Denmark, England, the Netherlands, and Scotland. Fishermen are asked to record their perceptions of how the abundance, size range, discards and recruitment of eight species of fish (cod, common sole, haddock, monkfish, Nephrops, plaice, saithe and whiting) have change from the previous year. The fishermen are also asked for information on their fishing vessel size, fishing gear used and area of operation, and about their perceptions of changes in the difficulty of getting or retaining crew, their economic circumstances (costs and profits), and their general level of optimism for the future. These data are collected by national coordinators in each country and returned to NAFC for collation and analysis, and the preparation of an annual report.

Further details of the survey, and copies of the annual reports, are available on the Fishers' North Sea Stock Survey site.