Agriculture and fisheries

Fisheries Support Estimate

 

Introduction

The OECD has developed the Fisheries Support Estimate (FSE) database to measure fisheries support policies in a way that allows users to compare how fisheries supports differ between countries and evolve over time.

Governments provide support to the fisheries sector through a wide range of policies, including fisheries stock management, safe working environments for fishers, reducing fleet capacity and, in some cases, supporting fishers’ incomes.

Fisheries support is defined in the FSE as the annual monetary value of gross transfers to fishers from taxpayers, arising from policies that support fisheries, regardless of their objectives and their economic impacts. The objective of the FSE is to establish a common basis for policy dialogue among countries for the assessment of policy effectiveness and efficiency.

Most reported policies are directed towards general support of the sector, primarily management services and infrastructure investments. This support is included in the General Services Support Estimate (GSSE) part of the FSE. Support received directly by fishers mainly takes the form of income support and disaster assistance and is classified in the database as Transfers to Individual Fishers (TIF). 

Access the data

The FSE data can be accessed here: oe.cd/FSE. The FSE is updated each year.

FSE 2018 update

Note: Missing figures for value of landings have been estimated using data from 'The 2016 Annual Economic Report on the EU Fishing Fleet' (Belgium, France, Lithuania, Spain) or in some cases simply carrying over the value of the previous year. The GSSE numbers reported here include estimations for management and enforcement expenditures, where missing. Further details on the estimation method used are provided in the Review of Fisheries 2017 (see link in Related publications). Portugal and Mexico did not report any figure under the GSSE category so the numbers provided here reflect exclusively the estimations of management and enforcement expenditures.

Source: OECD Fisheries Database

Country files

Access the data and the programmes in place for the countries participating in the Fisheries Support Estimate (in an excel spreadsheet). The data can also be accessed through OECD.stat.

 

   Argentina      Greece   Peru flag   Peru
   Australia      Iceland   Philippines flag   Philippines
   Belgium       Indonesia      Poland  
  Brazil    Ireland      Portugal  
   Canada      Italy      Slovenia  
  Chile    Japan      Spain   
    Chinese Taipei      Korea      Sweden  
Colombia_small   Colombia   Latvia_small   Latvia      Turkey  
   Czech Republic   Lithuania flag   Lithuania    United Kingdom  
   Denmark      Mexico      United States  
   Estonia      Netherlands    
   France      New Zealand    
   Germany      Norway    

 

Related publications

You might also be interested to read the following reports published by the Fisheries Unit at the OECD:

  • Support to Fisheries: Levels and Impacts (pdf): Reports supports to the fisheries sector and proposes classifying these according to their degree of impact.
  • OECD Review of Fisheries 2017: developments in policies and activities in the fishing and aquaculture sectors of OECD countries and participating economies, mainly for the period 2015-16.
  • OECD Review of Fisheries 2015: developments in policies and activities in the fishing and aquaculture sectors of OECD countries and participating economies, mainly for the period 2014-15.
  • OECD Review of Fisheries 2013: developments in policies and activities in the fishing and aquaculture sectors of OECD countries and participating economies, mainly for the period 2012-13.
  • FSE Manual: a comprehensive explanation of concepts, calculation, interpretation and use of the FSE and related indicators

Contact

If you are interested in more information about the Fisheries Support Estimate or about the OECD's work on fisheries, please contact us on fish.contact@oecd.org or follow us on Twitter @OECDagriculture.

 

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