The activities of the Fisheries Information Centre (hereinafter also referred to as FIC) will take place in the framework of Measure 1.3, “Grant for the Promotion of Cooperation between Scientists and Fishermen” and Measure 2.6, “Grant for the Promotion of Cooperation between Scientists and Aquaculture Operators” of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) Operational Programme.
The Minister for Rural Affairs has established a scheme for using the grant for promoting the cooperation between scientists and fishermen by Decree No 62 of 18 December 2015. A scheme for using the grant for promoting the cooperation between scientists and aquaculture operators has been established in Decree No 64 of 18 December 2015 issued by the Minister for Rural Affairs. The aids have been granted by Decisions No 31 and No 32 of 16 February 2016 issued by the Director General of the Estonian Agricultural Registers and Information Board (ARIB).
The purpose of the activities of the Fisheries Information Centre will be to coordinate the cooperation between the fisheries and the aquaculture sector, fishermen’s organisations and researchers as well as to order and coordinate relevant studies and pilot projects being of interest for the aforementioned target.
In cooperation with scientists and researchers, the Fisheries Information Centre will collect, analyze, distribute and publish the relevant information concerning the fisheries management and fishing industry as well as aquaculture sector including the processing and marketing of aquacultural products.
The Fisheries Information Centre will make a close cooperation with fisheries areas, enabling the Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) to provide comprehensive information, knowledges and assistance for the implementation of their action strategies.
The Head of the Fisheries Information Centre shall be responsible for the executive processes of the FIC.
The Council is a supreme body to coordinate the activities of the Fisheries Information Centre.The Council consists of members of the following organizations and institutions:
Estonian Association of Fishery,
Estonian Fish Farmers Association,
Estonian Fishermen's Association,
Estonian Maritime Academy of Tallinn University of Technology,
Estonian University of Life Sciences,
Fischeries Local Action Groups,
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications,
Ministry of the Environment,
Ministry of Rural Affairs,
University of Tartu.
On the basis of the directive No 17-6/31 of 16.02.2016 issued by the General Director of the Estonian Agricultural Register and Information Board, the grant of EUR 1 121 880 was assigned for promoting the cooperation between scientists and aquaculture operators. On the basis of the directive No 17-6/32 of 16.02.2016 issued by the General Director of the Estonian Agricultural Register and Information Board, the grant of EUR 5 833013 was assigned for promoting the cooperation between the scientists and fishermen.
The final date of the activities of the Fisheries Information Centre shall be 31 December 2022.