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At present the database shows annual figures for the period from 1950 organized by:
- about 240 countries, territories or land areas;
- by 26 major fishing areas;
- and by approximately 1800 species/items (freshwater, brackishwater and marine species of fish, crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic animals and plants) classified into the FAO International Standard Statistical Classification of Aquatic Animals and Plants (ISSCAAP)
Data are reported yearly and the period used is the calendar year (1 January - 31 December). With the exception of the data on catches in the waters around Antarctica for which the split year (1 July - 30 June) is used.