Coordinating Working Party on Fishery Statistics (CWP)

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    The CWP, supported by the participating organizations, has served as the premier international and interorganizational forum for agreeing common definitions, classifications and standards for the collection of fishery statistics since 1960. It has developed common procedures for statistics collation which have streamlined processes and reduced the burden on the statistical offices of national fisheries, as well as providing technical advice to participating organizations on fishery-related statistical matters, and facilitating the publication of methodological and reference documents.


  • New release by FAO: In March 2021, the FAO global Aquaculture, Capture and total production databases have been updated with an additional year and now include data up to 2019. Data are currently accessible only as a separate workspace in FishStatJ. In 2019, global fisheries and aquaculture production (excl. aquatic plants) reached about 178 million tonnes in live weight equivalent. In addition, 36 million tonnes (in wet weight) of seaweeds and other aquatic plants were produced, the bulk of which (97 percent) originating from culture-based practices. If aquatic plants are included, the overall total reached 214 million tonnes. This represents the new all-time high.
  • FishStatJ is a Windows and Mac application that is the best option to use to access FAO's Fisheries and Aquaculture Statistics. Through it, data can be extracted and aggregated according to different level of details and international standard classifications. It consists of a main application and several workspaces that include the datasets. In May 2021, an enhanced version of FishStatJ (version 4.01.0) has been released, which features new improvements.

The CWP Handbook of Fisheries Statistics

Explore the contents of the CWP handbook through categorised navigation and free searching tool. Click on the icons below to start exploring the handbook.


A comprehensive set of definitions of the main data items presented in the Handbook. It also contains definitions of key terminology, concepts and commonly used acronyms.


Methodologies and practices endorsed by the CWP; and where no standards exist, a range of additional methodologies and practices in use by the CWP members.


Classification and metadata standards endorsed by the CWP, as well as other international standards adopted by the CWP as standards for fisheries statistics; and when no standards exist, a range of additional methodologies and practices in use by the CWP members.


The list of references cited in the Handbook and the additional bibliography suggested for each section.


Handbook general search engine page. The handbook contents can be searched through a set of pre-defined tags; by its category type (Concepts, Methodologies; Classifications and References) or through free text search.


Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources
Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna
General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean
Indian Ocean Tuna Commission
Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission
International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna
International Council for the Exploration of the Sea
International Whaling Commission
North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization
North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission
Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific
Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
South East Atlantic Fisheries Organisation
Pacific Community (SPC)
Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center
Statistical Office of the European Commission
Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission