Coordinating Working Party on Fishery Statistics (CWP)
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Classifications and Metadata Standards
Methodological standards
 In consultation with pertinent bodies, FAO and the CWP have formulated a working definition of aquaculture activities for statistical purposes. Definition of Aquaculture Aquaculture: Aquaculture is the farming of aquatic organisms: fish, molluscs, crustaceans, aquatic plants, crocodiles, alligators, turtles, and amphibians. Farming... More
 Capture fisheries are characterized by wide diversification which reflects each fishery’s purpose and adaptation to regional, economic and cultural factors. Fisheries are conducted in marine, brackish and freshwater environments and may involve subsistence, artisanal, industrial and recreational fishery sectors. Some... More
 The overall aim for statistics on catch and landings is to report on fisheries contribution to the national economy, to the provision of food (subsistence) and on the total removal of fish and other organisms from their environment. Catch statistics... More
 In capture fishery and aquaculture statistics,  conversion factors are often used when converting the volume or weight of a product at one stage in the production chain to its volume or weight at another stage in the chain. Perhaps the... More
 Microdata refer to data items that directly refer to individuals or legal entities. Aggregated data may present a risk for revealing the origin of the data but this risk is less than for microdata. More
 For certain specific purposes (e.g. Antarctic fisheries, fiscal purposes) it may be deemed more appropriate to use a different 12-month period which may be referred to as a split year. Such situations arise when the sector under consideration exhibits appreciable... More
 The term fishery fleet or fishery vessel refers to mobile floating platforms of any kind and size, operating in fresh, brackish or marine waters which are used for catching, harvesting, searching, transporting, landing, preserving and/or processing fish, shellfish and other... More
  Fishing effort is generally defined in terms of the time spent searching for fish (search duration) and/or the amount of fishing gear of a specific type used on the fishing grounds over a given unit of time... More
 In the context of fisheries data, geographic coordinates will consist of pairs of (x,y) numerical values handled in the spatial reference system considered (refer spatial reference system). If needed, these pairs may be extended to include a third dimension with... More
 The scope of this Handbook is to: Document concepts that are relevant to capture fishery and aquaculture statistics Define statistical standards for specialized concepts as adopted by CWP Define statistical standards for concepts that have a wider scope as... More
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