Legal Marine Data infrastructure

This purpose of this Study wa to support measures towards the establishment of the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODNET) proposed in the Blue Book on an integrated maritime policy for the European Union.

The objective of the project was to outline the present data collection infrastructure in place, including for what purpose marine data is collected by public bodies, how much is spent annually on this, and how much income is derived from sales of marine data and products derived from marine data. The costs included were the costs of collection, processing, archiving and dissemination as well as the administrative overhead of the body collecting the data. Additionally, the study looked at how much time and money is spent by (1) private organisations involved in port expansion, wind farm siting, pipeline or cable laying, fisheries management (2) by the public authorities that regulate them (3) bodies concerned with nature conservation and fisheries management

  • Searching for existing marine data;

  • Collecting new marine data; and

  • Processing marine data

The socio-economic benefits of reducing uncertainty were analysed and an assessment was undertaken of legal instruments that could be deployed by the EU to support multi-purpose data collection.



Start Date: 

Wednesday, 25 February, 2009 to Thursday, 24 December, 2009

Services Provided: 

  • Literature review

  • Questionnaire design, distribution and analysis

  • Database design

  • Interviews/meetings with key stakeholders

  • Economic analysis

  • Legal review

Duration (months): 


Number of Staff: 


Name of Client: 

European Commission-DG Fish

Client Address: 

United Kingdom

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Origin of Funding: 

European Commission-DG Fish



Project Value: 

180 000 EUR

Name of Partners (if any): 

Lamans, Polem, Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea, Oko-Institut e.V