Coordinating Working Party on Fishery Statistics (CWP)

Identifiers for aquatic animals and plants

As part of the ASFIS Reference Series, FAO established in 2000 the "ASFIS List of Species for Fishery Statistical Purposes". An updated version of the ASFIS List is released each year at about March-April after the annual closure of the FAO capture and aquaculture production databases.

The latest version of the List is downloadable from the ASFIS List web page, which also provides information on the descriptors (ISSCAAP code, taxonomic code, 3-alpha code, scientific name, FAO English, French and Spanish names, etc.), the structure of the database, and the criteria adopted in the compilation of the List. [Download list here]

Resources for identifiers for aquatic animals and plants

FAO. ASFIS List of Species for Fishery Statistics Purposes. [Cited 1 November 2020].

FAO. Reference data for species (.csv file). Open Fisheries Global Information System (FIGIS). [Cited 1 November 2020].