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


October 2020: Release of FAO Yearbook of fishery and aquaculture statistics 2018 .

September 2020: Release of the updated FAO Food balance sheets of fish and fishery products database with data from 1961 to 2017. The updated data are accessible through the Fishery food balance sheets workspace in FishStatJ

September 2020: Release of the FAO Global production workspace for FishStatJ. FishStatJ While the data remain the same as those disseminated in March 2020, the new version (2020.1.1) includes an improved representation of symbols and the final version of “Notes on individual Countries” in Metadata.

August 2020: Release of the updated FAO fishery commodities production and trade database with data from 1976 to 2018. The updated data are accessible through the global commodities workspace in FishStatJ and the online query panel

July 2020: Release of the updated Regional Capture Production datasets with data up to 2018.

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


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 Division (NFI)
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
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