The FOCUS (Fisheries Open Source Community Software) community has been established with the purpose to create and maintain free software dedicated to the management and preservation of the fishery resource.

As an open source community, FOCUS is based on voluntary work from members and contributors. Sharing software, through the use of the “Free or Open Source software” (F/OSS) model, is widely recognised as one of the most efficient ways of increasing the use of the software, whilst at the same time ensuring the quality of the end product by allowing other developers to check, improve or increase functionalities. It also aims to save costs by not ‘re-inventing the wheel’. This principle of sharing software has become a widely supported initiative in many Member States and throughout the institutions of the European Union.

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


FOCUS provides support for the FOCUS community of open-source software projects. The FOCUS projects are characterized 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.

Our sponsors are distinguished by their support to FOCUS either in a promotional way or as the providers of the infrastructure for the projects, or by other means adding value to the community. This support, in addition to all voluntary work, is what makes our journey towards a free sustainable fisheries management suite real.

If your organization wants show your support for the work and vision of FOCUS, send us an email and we can investigate how we can partner up.



FOCUS (Fisheries Open Source Community Software) is a NP (None-profit) organisation.

Unless otherwise specified, all software released under the FOCUS community is open source software that can be freely used, changed, and shared (in modified or unmodified form) by anyone. All project licenses should comply with the Open Source Definition.

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