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.


June 2020: Release of 2020 version of ASFIS List of Species for Fishery Statistics Purposes

March 2020: Release of the updated FAO Aquaculture, Capture and Global production databases with data from 1950 to 2018. The updated data are accessible through the global production workspace in FishStatJ and the online query panels

March 2020: March 2020: Release of a new version of FishStatJ application (v. 4.00.9).

August 2019: Release of FAO Yearbook of fishery and aquaculture statistics 2017.

July 2019: Release of the updated FAO fishery commodities production and trade database with data from 1976 to 2017.

July 2019: Release of the updated Regional Capture Production datasets with data up to 2017.


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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