Coordinating Working Party on Fishery Statistics (CWP)

Fishing gear classification

The International Standard Statistical Classification of Fishing Gear (ISSCFG) was originally adopted during the 10th Session of the CWP (Madrid, 22-29 July 1980). The revised Classification – ISSCFG Revision 1 (Annex M II) – has been endorsed and adopted for CWP Member's implementation by the CWP at its 25th Session (Rome, 23-26 February 2016).

The 23rd session of CWP (Hobart, 22–26 February 2010) decided to review and update this classification. The revision was made in accordance with the effort commenced in 2005 by the ICES/FAO Working Group on Fishing Technology and Fish Behaviour (WGFTFB) to update the technical contents of the technical report published in 1990 (FAO Technical Report 222/Rev.1).

The draft proposal of the revised classification (Annex M II) was developed in October 2010 by the 'Ad hoc group for developing the draft revision of CWP gear classification' held in close collaboration with the WGFTFB. The revised version of the ISSCFG was first approved at the 24th Session of the CWP (Rome, 5–8 February 2013) and finally approved at the 25th CWP Session (Rome, 23-26 February 2016).

Although this classification was initially designed to improve the compilation of harmonised catch and effort data in the STATLANT B questionnaires and fish stock assessment exercises, it has also been found useful for fisheries technology development and the training of fishers. It has been used in particular for reference in work dealing with the theory and construction of gear and for the preparation of specialized catalogues on both artisanal and industrial fishing methods.

Annex M III describes the revisions and provides the correspondence between International Standard Statistical Classification of Fishing Gear (ISSCFG 1980, Annex M I) and its revised version (ISSCFG Rev1, 2010).

FAO. "Definition and Classification of Fishing gear categories", FAO Fisheries Technical Paper 222 Rev.I Rome, 1990.

FAO. Report of ad-hoc Group on CWP Gear Classification – 2010. Rome, Italy, 19-21 October 2010.

FAO. Report of the twenty-third session of the Coordinating Working Party on Fishery Statistics. Hobart, Australia, 22–26 February 2010. FAO Fisheries Report. No. 942. Rome, FAO. 2010. 87p.

FAO. Report of the twenty-fifth session of the Coordinating Working Party on Fishery Statistics. Rome, Italy, 23–26 February 2016. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report No. 1172. Rome, FAO.2016.