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At present the database shows annual figures for the period from 1990 organized by:
- about 245 countries;
- 3 working time categories (full-time, part-time, occasional);
- 4 occupational categories (Aquatic-life Cultivation, Inland Waters Fishing, Marine Coastal Waters Fishing, Marine Deep-sea Waters Fishing) contained in the ILO International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO-88); and
- gender (male, female);
Data cover the number of commercial and subsistence fishers (i.e. all personnel on fishing craft and those helping in the landing operation on shore) operating in freshwater, brackishwater and marine areas for catching and landing all aquatic animals and plants (except whales).
Fishers operating in domestic fishing craft landing in foreign ports, in fish farming and shellfish-culture, are also included.
The statistics also cover fishers employed on fish factory ships, motherships to fishing expeditions and auxiliary vessels such as fish carriers and fish transport craft.
Data is reported yearly