FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department

Atlas of Tuna and Billfish Catches


The atlas of tuna and billfish catches is an interactive web-based mapping tool. It uses geographic information system (GIS) technology to enable users to map and display global catches of major tunas and billfishes by fishing gears an 5° by 5° degrees resolution. For background information, please read here.



Each cell in the map is defined through a 6 digits number: "XYYZZZ". X is the Quadrant (1=NE, 2=SE, 3=SW and 4=NW), YY is Latitude and ZZZ is Longitude. Latitude and longitude define the corner of the cell nearest to the point where the Equator is crossed by the Greenwich Meridian. For further information please refer to Section G in CWP Handbook of Fishery Statistical Standards.

Disclaimer: The designations employed and the presentation of material in the map(s) are for illustration only and do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of FAO concerning the legal or constitutional status of any country, territory or sea area, or concerning the delimitation of frontiers or boundaries.

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