IREPA's Statistics and Information Department, funded by MIPAAF, recognizes the need to improve and disseminate data that are collected, undertakes statistical development and coordinates actions at national levels. Since 2005 the Department has been included in the National Statistical System (SISTAN) according to Decree of the Presidency of the Council of 22 September 2005.
In this framework IREPA provides technical assistance to MIPAAF in enhancing its capacity to collect, process and analyze fishery statistical data. Due to its institutional mandate, such enhancements are limited to systems to collect and process statistics of catches and landings, which are generally the prime responsibility of MIPAAF, obliged to conform fishery statistics to two different Community Regulations:
- Regulation (EC) 1921/2006 of the European Parliament and Council (repealing reg. (EC) 1382/1991) on the submission of statistical data on landings of fishery products in Member States.
- Regulation (EC) 2597/1995 of the Council on the submission of catch statistics by Member States fishing in different areas of the North Atlantic.
The statistical survey is based on a significant sample of the national fleet, consisting of ca. 1500 sampling units corresponding to a coverage of 11% approx of the statistical population, which is updated annually.
The survey methodology is given in a separate section of the site.