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  Regional Guides

Regional GuidesA series of regional publications addressed primarily to field workers in all sectors of fisheries.
Each regional set of identification sheets is designed as a comprehensive, coded, annotated, and illustrated inventory of the species of interest in the region covered.
These documents are based on contributions of a large group of taxonomists and fishery workers.
Western Central Atlantic
Western Central Pacific
Pacifico Centro Oriental
Méditerranée et Mer Noire
Eastern Central Atlantic (2014 - 2016)
Eastern Central Atlantic (1981)
Western Indian Ocean
Eastern Indian Ocean & Western Central Pacific
Southern Ocean
  Field Guides

Field GuidesGuides to commercial species entering fish landings of individual countries or groups of countries.They are aimed particularly at national data collectors in need of quick identification of species in markets and landing places for the specific purpose of improving statistical and other fisheries data by species. These field guides are based on illustrations, with a minimum of text, including nomenclature (scientific, FAO, national and local names), information on size, habitat, and fishing gear.
They are intended as summaries, to complement, at national level, the species identification sheets for the region concerned.
Cambodian MekongFresh water
Central and south east Atlantic
Gulf of Guinea
Kuwait, Eastern Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Quatar & The United Arab Emirates
Mediterranean and Black Sea sharks & rays
Eastern and Southern Mediterranean
Northern Coast of Southamerica
Pakistan (2015)
Pakistan (1985)
Red Sea sharks & rays
Sri Lanka
Tanzania Fresh water
Tanzania Marine
  Species Catalogues

Species catalogue for Fishery PurposesWorldwide, annotated, and illustrated inventories of species for each of the world's major commercial groups of fishery resources. Comprehensive reviews of present knowledge on species and stocks of aquatic organisms of present or potential economic interest as well as conservation aspects.
These publications include general information on the group and information by species including scientific nomenclature, international and local names, diagnostic features, geographical distribution, biology, fisheries and relevant literature.
Cephalopods vol.III
Cephalopods vol.I-II
Cephalopods (1984)
Clupeoids I
Clupeoids II
Deep–sea cartilaginous fishes - Southeastern Pacific Ocean
Deep–sea cartilaginous fishes - Southeastern Atlantic Ocean
Deep–sea sharks - Indian Ocean
Deep–sea batoids and chimaeras - Indian Ocean
Marine lobsters
Marine mammals
Pearl perches
Sea Cucumbers
Sea Turtles
Sharks - North Atlantic
Sharks vol.II
Sharks 1&2 (1984)
Shrimps & Prawns
Snake mackerels
  Species identification cards, pocket guides and on-board guides

Species identification cards

Sharks and Rays of the Mediterranean and Black Sea
These guides are the latest field identification tools of the FishFinder Programme.
The species identification cards are a user-friendly tool for fishery officers and other non-experts to reliably identify aquatic species in the field. They are small, sturdy and water-resistant and incorporate local knowledge.
The Pocket Guides contain a selection of the most common commercially important marine or inland-water species in one country or region and can play an important role in improving data collection to the species level.
The on-board guides are larger, water-proof identification guides that include detailed species accounts with colour illustrations and photos, key distinguishing features of similar–looking species occurring in the same area and identification keys.
Species identification cards
Sharks and Rays of the Mediterranean and Black Sea
Sharks and Rays of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden

Pocket Guides
Coastal fishery species of Eritrea
Marine species biological data collection manual
Deep–sea cartilaginous fishes of the Southeastern Pacific Ocean
Principales especies pesqueras marinas de Guinea Ecuatorial
Important coastal fishery species of Pakistan
Commercially important coastal fishes of Kenya
North Atlantic sharks relevant to fisheries management
North Atlantic batoids and chimaeras relevant to fisheries management
Important coastal fishery species of Liberia

On-board guides
Identification guide to common sharks and rays of the Caribbean
Identification guide to the deep-sea cartilaginous fishes of the Southeastern Atlantic Ocean
Identification guide to the deep-sea cartilaginous fishes of the Indian Ocean
On-board guide for the identification of pelagic sharks and rays – Western Indian Ocean

FishFinder Posters
Posters of marine and freshwater species important to commercial, artisanal and food security fisheries and/or biodiversity conservation. Species are depicted in colour and main headings usually include nomenclature (scientific, FAO, national and local names), maximum size and conservation status.
Deep-Sea Sponges of the Mediterranean Sea
Deep-Sea Corals of the Mediterranean Sea
Deep–sea sponges of the Indian Ocean
Barbados sharks and rays
Important Fishery species of Pakistan
Fishery species of the East Mediterranean Sea

CD-ROMsA CD-ROM collection of digitized species identification publications.
Species Catalogues 1-18
Sharks, rays and chimaeras
Eastern Central Atlantic
Eastern Indian Ocean & Western Central Pacific
Pacífico Centro-Oriental
Western Indian Ocean
Méditerranée et Mer Noire
  Species Synopsis

Species Catalogues and synopsis seriesDetailed descriptions of one (occasionally several) species of interest for fisheries. A collection of all available and reliable bibliographic referenced or unpublished data.

Main headings usually are: Taxonomy (nomenclature, morphology), Distribution, Life history, Population structure, Exploitation, Use, and Management.
  Fact Sheets

Fact Sheets
On line detailed descriptions of one species.

Main headings are: Taxonomy, Nomenclature, Diagnosis, Geographical distribution, Habitat and biology, Size, Interest to fisheries, and Bibliography.

Also provided are line drawings, photos when available, distribution maps, regularly updated capture and aquaculture production graphs, and links to related sites.
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