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 revised and approved by ICES Council in October 2021, this replaces all previous versions.

Key points about this policy

  • All public data are under the Creative Commons (CC BY 4.0) licence

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

  • ​Applies to data managed by ICES

  • 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 licensing. 
  • VMS and Logbook data, which are governed by the conditions under the specific data call.
  • Biodiversity data (birds, seals and cetaceans) 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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