WP1: Method selection, configuration and harmonisation

Participants in WP1.

WP1 develops and sets up the methodology that will be used to assess the competitiveness of European aquaculture and fisheries sectors. The methodology, which will use both macro-economic and micro-economic data as a basis, will build upon the methodology used in the Fishery Competitive Index which breaks down competitiveness into 3 major themes (Creating stability, Stimulating environment and Competence of the industry). The assessment methodology will be extended to cover aquaculture production and it will be revised to strengthen areas of product development, value chain management, marketing and innovation. The result will be a comprehensive index for fisheries and aquaculture competitiveness (FACI). On a disaggregated level, the index can be used to benchmark individual producers within a given sector. On an aggregated level, the index can be used to compare the competitiveness of sectors in different countries (as the original FCI work did) or different production sectors in the same country. The index will be computerised for data exploration in WP2 and WP3 and for modelling in WP5. An online resource will be created that allows for self-assessment. The outcome of the WP will be an adapted and updated methodology for the assessment of the competitiveness of aquaculture and fisheries (SO1).

Expected Results User How is it used How made available
Updated methodology for assessment of aquaculture and fisheries performance For internal use in WP1-6 Harmonized scientific methodology to assess the state of competitiveness in the 5 case studies WP 1-6 Via website, e-newsletter and infographics about major project findings

The Work package Objectives are:

  • To select, configure, extend and harmonise the use of the various methodologies involved in assessing the competitiveness of the aquaculture and fisheries sectors. This includes data collection methods and procedures, and data analysis methods.
  • To develop and extend the methodology to analyse competitiveness in seafood sectors to cover specific species (fished and farmed) and for peer comparison by individual companies.
  • To collect feedback from the respective method users; to evaluate the relevance, scope and suitability of the respective methods and to produce a comparative overview, both as part of the PrimeFish Decision Support Framework (PrimeDSF) and as a scientific publication in a peer-refereed journal.


Main Tasks Deliverables
  1. Selecting data collection sources and methods, developing specification for data repository.
  2. Selecting, configuring and extending the data analysis methods.
    • Selecting, configuring and extending methods relating to economic performance and prices
    • Selecting, configuring and extending methods relating to supply chain relationships.
    • Selecting, configuring and extending methods relating to products, consumer preferences and market trends.
  3. Method testing, evaluation and comparison.
  • Guidelines for data collection methods, data names and types, and granularity
  • PrimeFish Data Management Plan
  • Guidelines for data analysis methods with link to collected data types
  • PrimeDSF methods compendium, including sample data, test runs, and comparative analysis
  • Scientific review paper “Methods for evaluating competitiveness in seafood sectors”
  • Ethical Clearance