Research survey data
Data from the following Cefas survey series is available through the DATRAS database on the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) website:
- North Sea international bottom trawl survey
- Eastern English Channel beam trawl survey
- Irish Sea and Bristol Channel beam trawl survey.
Fish stomach contents records
DAPSTOM is an ongoing integrated database for fish stomach contents records spanning the past 100 years.
Fish spawning and nursery areas
Fisheries Sensitivity Maps in British Waters report (Coull et al., 1998) (PDF, 3.1 MB), which includes maps of the main spawning grounds for 14 commercially important species.
GIS layers. Fisheries Sensitivity Maps in British Waters (ZIP, 12 MB) (Data layers)
More recently, Cefas scientists have undertaken additional analyses to complement the original maps: Spawning and nursery areas of fish of commercial and conservation importance (Technical Report 147) (PDF, 3 MB)
GIS layers. Spawning and nursery areas of fish of commercial and conservation importance (ZIP, 930 KB) (Data layers)
For more information and background please visit Cefas' archived website at The National Archives.
UK National Inshore Fishing Activities Data Layer
Cefas, UK, 2007-2009. ARC-GIS layer showing Inshore Fishing Effort as determined from fishing vessel sightings:
Fishing effort within 6 nm of the English and Welsh coast. Derived from sightings data from Cumbria, South Wales, Devon, Southern, Sussex, Kent and Essex, Eastern, North Eastern and Northumberland Sea Fisheries Committees, and sightings data provided by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO). Fishing activities presented by type of fishing gear, vessel length and vessel power. Data from 2007 and 2009 and grided onto a 0.05 deg. in longitude and 0.025 deg. in latitude cells (approx. 5.5 by 5 km). For more details please see the Cefas report to Defra associated with this work.