INSPIRE Knowledge Base

The National Board of Fisheries

LMO Description
The National Board of Fisheries
Proposed role in INSPIRE development
  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • register a project to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • contribute to awareness raising and training
  • yes
  • implement pilot projects to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
    Level of authority: 
    Formal Mandate: 
    <p>The National Board of Fisheries (NBF) is the central government authority for fisheries conservation and fisheries in Sweden. It falls under the Swedish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries. </p> <p>The National Board of Fisheries promotes the responsible use of fish resources so that they will provide sustainable yields. NBF is responsible for furthering biological diversity and abundant, diverse fish stocks as a part of its sector responsibility for the environment. NBF contributes to improved opportunities for a viable fishing industry, increasing fishing possibilities for the public and promoting accessibility to high quality fish.</p>
    Main Activities: 
    The National Board of Fisheries (NBF) is depending on GIS for carrying out their main activities. NBF carries out and coordinates environmental and ecological research related to fish and crayfish in freshwater, coastal and marine habitats. NBF also develop methods for fishing, biotope conservation and the restoration of acidified waters as well as maintaining fish stocks and endangered species. Breeding fish of valuable strains and a gene bank are kept for fishery conservation and fish farming including the purpose of protecting the genetic biodiversity. Research is essential in order to be able to combine successful stock conservation with efficient fishing and sustainable use of the fishing resources in both freshwater and marine environments. The work is largely based on data gathered by research vessels. NBF is also responsible for the official Swedish fishery statistics. Fishery statistics constitute an important basis for estimations of the size of fish populations. The National Board of Fisheries is responsible for regulating the Swedish sea fishery, mainly within the framework of the EU Common Fisheries Policy concerning catch quotas and fisheries regulations. The National Board of Fisheries is also responsible for issues concerning the fishing fleet and fishing profession, including professional fishing licenses, vessel permits and long-term issues like recruitment to the fishery sector. It also deals with issues regarding the long-term development of the fishing fleet, among them, EU requirements aiming at adjusting the size of the fleet to available fish resources. Furthermore, NBF is responsible for issues concerning the EU market organization, which aims to stabilize income for producers while offering consumers high-quality fish products.
    The National Board of Fisheries are in need of up-to-date digital maps (vector and raster) for marine and coastal areas and the large lakes, as well as detailed maps of the whole land area in Sweden. GIS is used on a daily basis mainly in research and fishery regulation and control. We are developing tools to present our data for the general public, with the help of GIS.
    Area of work/experience
    Geographic Domain:: 
    European government, research insitutions and organisations concerning fishery and aquatic management in most European countries
    Societal Sector: 
    Central government, research
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development: 
    Cooperation with other Swedish and European research institutes and governmental organizations concerning data with coupling to environment and fisheries.
    Primary Business: 
    Fisheries Management, Fisheries Research, Water utilities, Environmental Monitoring and Management, Agriculture, Standardization, Consulting / Technical services, Surveying, Mapping
    Environmental application domains: 
    Monitoring Biodiversity, Monitoring Coastal areas, Coastal Zone Management