Within the EU, stomach sampling currently operates on a variable basis of intensity and the sampling and analyses of
stomachs are not coordinated between countries. To realise the benefits of stomach
sampling carried out by different institutes and to match the needs of the end-users of diet data, better coordination is urgently needed.
Within EU MAP, there is a unique opportunity for the regular collection of diet data
within fisheries research surveys. To ensure a homogeneous dataset with suitable
spatio-temporal coverage and to make effective and efficient use of available resources,
coordination of stomach sampling studies is essential.
The main aims of WKBECOSS are to: