DSC-88 Economic impact of the UK fishing industry on local areas

Fishing activities are a key economic driver in many rural and coastal communities. This project involves bringing together public data with data from the Office for National Statistics’ Inter-departmental Business Register (IDBR) to assess the UK fishing industry.

Team members

  • Steven Hopkins

The need

  • Many economic datasets are at a regional level and dont offer granularity that enables analysis of small rural or coastal areas.


  • The project published rank and grade data at Lower-layer Super Output Area (LSOA) granularity to allows some insight into the industry at a high resolution.
  • A visualisation app was developed that brought together data from Company’s House, The Marine Management Organisation and ONS for further analysis.

Data science

  • Visualisation
  • R shiny web app development


  • Scottish Government
  • Welsh Government

Code and outputs

  • Web app code and datasets can be found here
  • A blog about the project can be found here

Further information

Please contact datasciencecampus@ons.gov.uk for more information.



Steven Hopkins wrote a blog detailing the process and outcome of this project in December 2017.


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