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Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries

This committee (the STECF) has been created to provide input from scientific experts to help the Commission implement the common fisheries policy (CFP). It can consult these experts on all matters relating to the conservation and management of living aquatic resources, and specifically on biological, economic, environmental, social and technical aspects. The STECF’s opinion is crucial for the annual setting of total allowable catches * and quotas.


Commission Decision 2005/629/EC of 26 August 2005 establishing a Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries [See amendingact(s)].


The STECF is a standing committee created by the Commission to help it implement the CFP.


It is composed of between 30 and 35 prominent scientific experts in the fields of marine biology and ecology, fisheries science and the economic, statistical and research issues associated with fisheries. They are appointed by the Commission from a list of suitable candidates compiled after the publication of an open call for applications on the Commission website. A list of the STECF’s current members is published in the OJ. They are appointed for three years, renewable on a rolling basis.

After consultation with the competent service of the Commission, the committee can create its own working parties on specific issues.

The meetings of the committee and its working parties may be attended by Commission representatives and external experts.


The meetings of the STECF and its working parties are convened by the Commission and must be approved by it. The Commission consults the STECF at regular intervals, or whenever it considers necessary, on issues related to conservation and management of living aquatic resources. It takes account of the committee’s opinion when making proposals on fisheries management. The STECF can also deliver opinions on fisheries matters to the Commission on its own initiative.

Every year the STECF produces a report on the state of fish stocks and trends in the fisheries industry, highlighting the economic implications of the state of fish stocks. It also makes an annual progress report on the work done to coordinate scientific, technical and economic research in the fisheries and aquaculture sector.

The STECF adopts its internal rules after consultation with the competent service of the Commission. They require the STECF to be guided by the principles of excellence, independence and transparency, while observing confidentiality in tax and commercial matters. These rules are published on the Commission website.

Key terms used in the act
  • Total allowable catch: the maximum quantities of a particular species of fish that may be caught over a particular unit of time in a specific area in a given period.


ActEntry into forceDeadline for transposition in the Member StatesOfficial Journal

Decision 2005/629/CE



OJ L 225 of 31.8.2005

Amending act(s)Entry into forceDeadline for transposition in the Member StatesOfficial Journal

Decision 2010/74/EU



OJ L 37 of 10.2.2010


Annex – Compensation accorded to STECF members and external experts for the participation in STECF activities
Decision 2010/74/EU [Official Journal L 37 of 10.2.2010].

Last updated: 08.06.2010
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