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MSS and CEFAS - MEDIN fisheries data archive centre (FishDAC)


The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) and Marine Scotland have been accredited as a combined MEDIN Data Archive Centre for fish, shellfish, fisheries and related samples data. 3rd party data, including that of the Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCAs) is managed by DASSH. This combined data archive centre is called FishDAC.

data sets

The data available is predominantly marine but covers both migratory species and transitional waters as well. Data from England, Wales and Scotland is currently available, with data from Northern Ireland to be added in due course.

FishDAC has prioritised EU-mandated fish surveys that are part of established series. It contains data collected by UK research vessels on the most recent international bottom trawl surveys, covering significant geographical areas, species and environments. Other data sets currently available include fish stomach record contents and nursery and spawning area data (including GIS layers).

Future additions to FishDAC will include other research surveys; market sampling and observer schemes; data gleaned from physical samples such otoliths, scales and plankton; aquaculture and other related environmental data.

For further information about FishDAC, contact Cefas or Marine Scotland via the details below, or visit FishDAC homepage.

contact details:


Marine Scotland Science
St. Andrew's House,
Regent Road,
Edinburgh EH1 3DG


+44 (0)8457 741 741


Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science
Pakefield Road,
Suffolk NR33 0HT


+44 (0) 1502 562244


The Laboratory,
Citadel Hill,
Plymouth PL1 2PB


+44(0)1752 633291