Fisheries, including aquaculture, provide a vital source of food, employment, recreation, trade and economic well-being for people throughout the European Union. Decisions under the Common Fisheries Policy are taken on the basis of scientific advice provided by fisheries advisory bodies such as the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas and the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean, which provide the best available information on the state of fisheries resources.
This synopsis has been set up following a comprehensible classification of the 182 biological studies into scientific domains. The studies are allocated into 10 different domains (sections) according to the methods employed and their primary objectives. Each domain is then divided into sub-domains.