Guidelines and Policy

ICES data policy

By maximizing the availability of data to the community at large, ICES promotes the use of these data, thereby ensuring that their maximum value can be realized and thus contribute to an increased understanding of the marine environment.

​​​​​​​​​​​​ICES Data policy was reviewed and an update approved by ICES Council in November 2016, this replaces all previous versions.

Key points about this policy

  • States the conditions for data use, data contribution and data redistribution.

  • Is intended to facilitate the production of science based advice and status reports, and serve the scientific community.

  • ​Applies to data managed by ICES, and to ICES activities for providing access to data managed elsewhere.

  • All data products are by default publicly available, including those derived from restricted data.

Exclusions to unrestricted public access:

  • Commercial catch data from the Regional Fisheries Database (RDB-FishFrame) and InterCatch, which have independent data policies. 
  • VMS and Logbook data, which are governed by the conditions under the specific data call.
  • Biodiversity data portal where data may have been provided by non-governmental organisations.
  • Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems (VME) data portal, where location information is sensitive.

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