While information regarding fishing vessels flying the flag of each MS is publicly available through the Community Fishing Fleet Register, information about the ownership of these vessels and the quota that they are allocated is not always available. Despite a lack of data, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the common perception of fishing vessels being locally owned and operated is a simplification of a more complex network characterised in some cases by firms owning multiple vessels across several member states (MS), potentially concentrating access rights or opportunities to fish