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Capture fishery production

This database contains the volume of fish catches landed by country of capture, species or a higher taxonomic level, and FAO major fishing areas. Volume is measured in tonnes for all items except aquatic mammals, alligators and crocodiles, which are measured by number of animals, and pearls, shells, corals and sponges which are measured in kilograms. Weights are of the whole animal (live weight) and coverage includes harvest by commercial, artisanal and subsistence fisheries. The database shows annual figures for the period from 1950 organized by: about 245 countries, territories or land areas, 29 major fishing areas, approximately 1 350 species/items of the FAO International Standard Statistical Classification of Aquatic Animals and Plants (ISSCAAP) for which commercial catches are reported.

Capture fishery production reported to regional commissions

Countries that are members of FAO regional fishery commissions established to promote management of fish stocks in the commission or convention area are required to report to the commission capture statistics for the countries' flag vessels that fish in the area.

For the area of competence of three commissions originally created under the FAO aegis in the Mediterranean/Black Sea, the Eastern Central Atlantic and the South East Atlantic, three regional databases are maintained with data provided as annual production in quantity by country, by species and by sub-area:

  • for the 4 sub-areas of major FAO fishing area 37 (Mediterranean and Black Sea), further subdivided into 10 divisions;
  • for the 4 sub-areas of major FAO fishing area 34 (Eastern Central Atlantic), further subdivided into 12 divisions;
  • for the 5 sub-areas of major FAO fishing area 47 (South East Atlantic), further subdivided into 11 divisions.
 
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