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FOCUS (Fisheries Open Source Community Software)
by FOCUS (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
FOCUS is an open source community that want to provide a free suite of integrated systems enabling an information-sharing environment for fisheries management organisations.

FOCUS commits to collaboratively and openly maintain and share free software dedicated to the management, conservation and sustainable use of the fishery resource.

FOCUS Vision is to be the global reference of innovative open source solutions for sustainable fisheries management. The community accepts donations of open source initiatives that supports this vision. All deliverables from the FOCUS projects will be made available under an open-source licence and are free to download, change and use. We hope that any beneficiaries of FOCUS also will be giving something back to the community but this is voluntary.

FOCUS believes that collaboration and exchange of information are critical success factors to reduce illegal fishery and reach sustainability goals. FOCUS has established a strategic partnership with UN/CEFACT to support the FLUX Standard for sustainable fisheries management. The currently available FOCUS software suite aims at implementing the global FLUX standards.

The FOCUS community is led by a Community Manager and a Community Board, which together are responsible for the strategic direction. It is the Community Managers role to ensure that projects are able to progress in a coordinated way.

The FOCUS projects are characterised by a collaborative, vision based development process, an open and pragmatic software license, and a desire to create high quality software that leads the way in its field.
Progress reports
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Compliance, monitoring and enforcement
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Data access and sharing
Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
Type of commitment
  • Access to market-based instruments
UnionVMS. UnionVMS is a FOCUS system component that provides fisheries management organisations with an efficient tool to collect, analyse and share positioning information and data from fishing vessels. UnionVMS implements the global UN/Cefact standard for VesselPositions.
E-Sales notes. The e-sales notes FOCUS system component enables fisheries management organisations to collect, analyse and share sales notes as defined in the global UN/Cefact standard for Sales Notes.
E-log viewer. The e-log viewer FOCUS system component enables fisheries management organisations to collect, analyse and share vessel activities as defined in the global UN/Cefact standard for Vessel Activity.
E-log reporting for coastal fishery. This mobile app (E-log lite) component of the FOCUS suite allows masters of coastal fishing vessels to fulfil their reporting obligations in an innovative, secure and user-friendly way. The E-log lite component supports the global UN/Cefact standard for Vessel Activity.
In-kind contribution
Estonia donates deliverable of project E-log reporting for coastal fishery
In-kind contribution
European Commission (DG-Mare) donates the result of the co-op project UnionVMS, provides administrative support, donates deliverable of Transportation Layer project, donates deliverable of E-log viewer Project.
In-kind contribution
Government of Flanders Department of Agriculture and Fisheries donates servers, donates deliverable of E-Sales Notes project
In-kind contribution
Swedish Agency of Marine and Water Management donates the deliverable of the co-op project UnionVMS, funds the Community manger and donates servers etc.
Basic information
Time-frame: 2016 - 2030
FOCUS (NGO), European Commission (GOV), UNECE (NGO), Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (GOV), Government of Flanders Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (GOV), The Danish Agrifish Agency (GOV), Marine Scotland (GOV), European Fisheries Control Agency (GOV), Netherlands Enterprise Agency (GOV), Ministero delle Infrastrutture e dei Trasporti (GOV) Republic of Estonia Ministry of rural affairs (GOV)
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Niclas Andreasson, Community Manager, niclas.andreasson@focus.fish, (+)46 705 288 399
Gothenburg, Sweden
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