The scope of this challenge is to check the fitness for use of the current available marine datasets to generate map layers showing the extent of the fisheries impact, trawlers, on the sea floor (gridded data), or to indicate gaps in the current EU data collection framework.

This activity of the EU BlackSea checkpoint project (DG MARE contract n° EASME/EMFF/2014/ has been executed during the 2015-2018 period of time. The methodology used is identical to all challenges.

  • Perform a literature survey to identify state of the art activities related to the use case and clarify the landscape of monitoring data covering the BlackSea,
  • Specify needs for production and realize the product,
  • Evaluate the adequacy of monitoring data, that is the availability and appropriateness.


The team participating in the challenge is:

Two products have been requested by the call. The products are listed and accessible from the table given below. All products are representative of the January 2018 status.


Number Name and  Specification of product Access to product Confidence limits
Product 01 Extent of fisheries trawlers (bottom trawling): computed from Vessel Monitoring System Dataset (2012-2015) GIS viewing [unit: 2 x 2 km grid] Good: The product meets more than 50% of the objectives specified by the challenge (see our appropriateness criteria, at the bottom of the page to get a full description, quality information, and citation.
Product 02 Extent of fisheries impact on the seafloor: sandy habitats where trawling is performed

GIS viewing

[unit: 2 x 2 km grid]

Good: The product meets more than 50% of the objectives specified by the challenge (see our appropriateness criteria, at the bottom of the page) to get a full description, quality information, and citation.

Discover here the two groups of characteristics and the related environmental domains, Human activities, and Marine water, as well as the data providers.

  • Read our expert evaluation report to get feedback on the appropriateness of upstream data used in product realization,
  • And read integrated reports to find out all our assessment feedback on the project checkpoint
    • The Literature Survey: to discover all upstream data and possible uses
    • The first Data Adequacy Report to get feedback on the stress test on availability* of all referenced data sets
    • The second data Adequacy report for full feedback on availability and appropriateness of all used data sets, of all challenges.

The EMODnet Black Sea Checkpoint practical outputs are the results of the assessment exercise carried out by the so-called “challenges” specified by the call for tenders n° MARE/2014/09 aiming at determining how well the input data from the observing and monitoring systems existing at the sea basin scale fit the user needs to develop them.

This product and any resultant data produced is a consequence of these tests and provided on an “as is” basis. The information contained in the data products and in the descriptions (metadata) of the input data and of the data products making use of them is believed to be trustworthy. However, its completeness, consistency, accuracy, and usability cannot be guaranteed. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure its reliability within the limits of present knowledge, no responsibility can be accepted by those involved in its compilation or publication for any consequential loss or damage arising from its use.

The producer disclaims any and all warranties, conditions, or representations (express, implied, oral or written), relating to the Product or any part thereof, including, without limitation, any and all implied warranties of quality, performance, suitability or fitness for a particular purpose to the full extent permitted by law. The Producer accepts no liability for loss suffered or incurred as a result of reliance on the Product or any output of its use. The Producer shall not be liable for any economic loss, loss of profit, loss of business or contract, depletion of goodwill or otherwise, in each case whether direct, or indirect or any indirect loss whatsoever (howsoever caused) including loss or damage suffered as a result of an action brought by any person which arise out of or in connection with the use of the Product or inability to use the Product.