Fisheries Support Estimate



The OECD has developed the Fisheries Support Estimate (FSE) database to measure fisheries support policies in a way that allows users to compare how fisheries supports differ between countries and evolve over time.

Governments provide support to the fisheries sector through a wide range of policies, including fisheries stock management, safe working environments for fishers, reducing fleet capacity and, in some cases, supporting fishers’ incomes.

Fisheries support is defined in the FSE as the annual monetary value of gross transfers to fishers from taxpayers, arising from policies that support fisheries, regardless of their objectives and their economic impacts. The objective of the FSE is to establish a common basis for policy dialogue among countries for the assessment of policy effectiveness and efficiency.

Most reported policies are directed towards general support of the sector, primarily management services and infrastructure investments. This support is included in the General Services Support Estimate (GSSE) part of the FSE. Support received directly by fishers mainly takes the form of income support and disaster assistance and is classified in the database as Transfers to Individual Fishers (TIF). 

Access the data

The FSE data can be accessed here: The FSE is updated each year.


FSE data

Notes and Sources: Missing figures for value of landings have been estimated using data from 'The 2016 Annual Economic Report on the EU Fishing Fleet ' (Belgium, France, Ireland, Latvia, Netherlands, Slovenia, United Kingdom) or in some cases simply carrying over the value of the previous year. The GSSE numbers reported here include estimations for management and enforcement expenditures, where missing. Further details on the estimation method used are provided in the text. Korea, Portugal and Mexico did not report any figure under the GSSE category so the numbers provided here reflect exclusively the estimations of management and enforcement expenditures.

Country files

Access country data for the Fisheries Support Estimate (in excel format), alongside PDFs of the programmes in place. The data can also be accessed through OECD.stat.


   Argentina  |  Data  |  Programmes    Iceland  |  Data  |  Programmes    Portugal  |  Data  |  Programmes
   Australia  |  Data  |  Programmes    Indonesia  |  Data  |  Programmes    Slovenia  |  Data  |  Programmes
   Belgium  |  Data  |  Programmes    Ireland  |  Data  |  Programmes    Spain  |  Data  |  Programmes
   Canada  |  Data  |  Programmes    Italy  |  Data  |  Programmes    Sweden  |  Data  |  Programmes
  Chinese Taipei  |  Data  |  Programmes    Japan  |  Data  |  Programmes    Turkey  |  Data  |  Programmes
Colombia_small   Colombia  |  Data  |  Programmes    Korea  |  Data  |  Programmes    United Kingdom  |  Data  |  Programmes
   Czech Republic  |  Data  |  Programmes Latvia_small   Latvia  |  Data  |  Programmes    United States  |  Data  |  Programmes
   Denmark  |  Data  |  Programmes    Mexico  |  Data  |  Programmes  
   Estonia  |  Data  |  Programmes    Netherlands  |  Data  |  Programmes  
   France  |  Data  |  Programmes    New Zealand  |  Data  |  Programmes  
   Germany  |  Data  |  Programmes    Norway  |  Data  |  Programmes  
   Greece  |  Data  |  Programmes    Poland  |  Data  |  Programmes  


Related publications

You might also be interested to read the following reports published by the Fisheries team at the OECD:

  • Support to Fisheries: Levels and Impacts (pdf): Reports supports to the fisheries sector and proposes classifying these according to their degree of impact.
  • OECD Review of Fisheries 2015: developments in policies and activities in the fishing and aquaculture sectors of OECD countries and participating economies, mainly for the period 2014-15.
  • OECD Review of Fisheries 2013: developments in policies and activities in the fishing and aquaculture sectors of OECD countries and participating economies, mainly for the period 2012-13.
  • FSE Manual: a comprehensive explanation of concepts, calculation, interpretation and use of the FSE and related indicators


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