The coordination and implementation of the National Programme (Work Plan) for data collection under the EU Data Collection Framework (DCF) is one of the tasks of the Thünen Institute of Sea Fisheries. We collect economic and social data of the German fish processing sector by using the official statistics and by conducting our own surveys.
The collection of economic and social data of the German fish processing industry is a part of the EU Data Collection Framework (DCF). The DCF is a community framework for the collection, management and use of data in the fisheries sector and aims to support scientific advice regarding the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). In this case, the collected data are used to evaluate the economic situation of the processing industry.
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In Germany, the fish processing sector is part of the industry. Almost 80-90% of employment and turnover belong to companies with 20 and more employees. Therefore, already existing data collection schemes with the emphasis on these larger companies are used. Additional data, in particular for the social variables, are gathered by the Federal Employment Agency. These data are almost all based on census. In order to avoid duplicate data collection, these primary data are used for the purpose of the data collection in the processing sector. For some variables, data are not available via other authorities. In these cases, the Thünen Institute of Sea Fisheries conducts an additional survey and will make also use of published financial statements of the companies. Data on employment, production and economic indicators are being collected via questionnaires and regular surveys of the Federal Statistical Office.
Data are collected for enterprises, for which the main activity is fish processing. In particular, data on income, personal costs, energy costs, raw material costs, other operational costs, capital costs, extraordinary costs, capital value, net investments, debt, employment and the number of enterprises.
The Federal Statistical Office in Germany (Destatis) holds a database with data on turnover, number of enterprises and employees belonging to the social security scheme. Destatis further collects data on investment and sales on a census basis with a threshold of companies with 20 employees and conducts a probability sample survey on several cost items and employment data.
The Federal Employment Agency registers all persons employed in Germany. Additional characteristics like gender, age etc. are collected as well. If data on employment figures are not sufficient or - as in the case of unpaid labour - maybe not fully covered by the Employment Agency, additional data collection on a triennial basis for social data and annually for economic data will be conducted by the Institute of Sea Fisheries.
For the raw material input by species and origin, a pilot study will be conducted. The aim is to make use of data already stored for traceability purposes in the sector. It is intended to check the quality and availability of these data and eventually conduct an own survey to obtain reliable pictures of the raw material input by species and origin. Meetings with industry representatives will form the starting point.
1.2009 - 12.2020
Project status: ongoing