Organisation: European Commission, Joint Research Centre

Title: The Mediterranean and Black Sea STECF Stock Assessment Database - SAMBS


The stock assessment process starts with the specific request of Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) ( through a list of Terms of Reference (ToRs) given to STECF. TORs can indicate the priorities of assessment or can make specific questions of explorative or methodological nature. According to these needs, a group of independent experts are invited to attend a so called Expert Working Group (EWG). During an EWG exclusively dedicated to perform stock assessments, between 15 and 20 assessments are performed. Each stock assessment typically covers one species in one GSA, which is the most used definition of stock. However, for some species, based on biological evidence, one stock covers several GSAs for which, assessments are performed across all GSAs. The results of all the assessments performed are presented to STECF plenary meetings, where difficulties, limitations and problems on data ...

How to cite
European Commission, Joint Research Centre (2017):  The Mediterranean and Black Sea STECF Stock Assessment Database - SAMBS. European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) [Dataset] PID:
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Data access


  • publication The Mediterranean and Black Sea STECF Stock Assessment Database

    Osio, C., Gibin, M., Mannini, A., Villamor, A. and Orio, A., The Mediterranean and Black Sea STECF Stock Assessment Database, EUR 29294 EN, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2018, ISBN 978-92-79-88954-7, doi:10.2760/559579, JRC112485.


  • publication The STECF MED&BS Database Visualisation Dashboard

    Gibin M; Osio G; Mannini A; Villamor Martin Prat A. The STECF MEDandBS Database Visualisation Dashboard. European Commission; 2016. JRC104195

Additional information
Issue date 2017
Landing page
Temporal coverage

From: 2016-01-01

Update frequency annual
Data theme(s) Agriculture, fisheries, forestry and food

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