The FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department provides advice and objective information to Members to help promote responsible aquaculture and fisheries. To fulfil this role, the Department compiles, analyses and disseminates fishery and aquaculture data, structured within data collections.



March 2019:The FAO Capture, Aquaculture and Global production databases have been updated with an additional year and now include data from 1950 to 2017.

March 2019:New version of FishstatJ application has been released (v. 3.05.0).

July 2018:FAO Yearbook of fishery and aquaculture statistics 2016 has been officially released.

July 2018: Release of the updated FAO fishery commodities production and trade database with data from 1976 to 2016.

July 2018: Release of the updated Regional Capture Production datasets with data up to 2016.

November 2017: New workspace "Food balance sheets of fish and fishery products (1961-2013)" has been released in FishStatJ, with refreshed time series and complete 2013 updating.


To ensure quality assurance, each collection is documented to highlight definitions and to specify the structure, sources, coverage, processes, intended use, etc. This is further complemented with the CWP Handbook of Fisheries Statistics, which includes comprehensive definitions of concepts and details of standard classifications.

Statistical collections

Global time series have been maintained over more than 60 years. To meet diverse user needs, data from each statistical collection are available through various formats, tools and information products.

How to access the data:

1) FishStatJ - Software for fishery statistical time series offers experts and scientists a stand-alone application for complex and sophisticated data exploration and extraction.

2)  Online Query Panels enable advanced users to extract customized information and reports.

3) FAO Yearbook of Fishery and Aquaculture Statistics provide a full range of tables with detailed statistics.

List of all data collections

All data collections, also fully-documented, are organized by records, Fact Sheets and maps, thus complementing the overall statistical collections... full list of data collections

Statistics and Information Branch

Fisheries and Aquaculture Department
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla

Email: Fish-Statistics-Inquiries


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