This demonstrator is jointly developed by the Information and knowledge management Team (NFISI) of the Fisheries Division, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the French National Research Institute and the Institute of Computer Science at FORTH.

The objective is to deliver a scalable and robust open data portal for fisheries data in EU waters and beyond, with a focus on a Global Tuna Atlas and a Global Record of Stocks and Fisheries (GRSF). Hence, the demonstrator will expand the existing VREs of FAO Tuna Atlas and GRSF, with more features for data analysis using indicators, interactive maps, etc., for the former, and new as well as expanded information for approved status assessments of fisheries, including those from other sources and demonstrators for the latter.

  • End-users: general public with an interest in stocks and fisheries, fish provenance, fisheries distribution, fisheries and SDG2 and SDG 14, accessed through e.g. web-portals, atlases, API’s or QR codes.
  • Advanced users: regional fisheries data analysts that need to show how fisheries in their area of interest develop over time using fisheries analytical models and in relation to environmental variables and other ancillary data.
  • Developers: system developers in need of a ‘boilerplate’ solution for the management of fisheries time-series on catch and effort that brings collated statistical data into a data harmonization and QA process.
  • Fisheries Managers: regional fisheries managers that require access to overviews of fisheries to inform their management decision making processes.


An online overview of harmonised time-series of catch and effort accessible through a map Viewer, ISO/OGC metadata and data services, analytical and reporting tools, and R Shiny, Jupyter and Markdown reporting services. This VRE expands on the Virtual Lab for the FAO Tuna Atlas (tuna and billfish catch data): a global vertically integrated toolset that will manage public fisheries statistical data from ingestion, through harmonisation, to publication.

A Virtual Research Environment that will contain the results of approved status assessments of fisheries, including those from the Fisheries Atlas. GRSF is considered as the key instrument of global fish stock status monitoring and traceability and it aims to be the first global record with uniquely identified stocks and fisheries by consolidating content that exists in various sources.