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
 Note A new section to address the aquaculture statistics is being prepared by the CWP Aquaculture Subject Group. The final version shall be approved by upcoming CWP Session (CWP 26th Session to be held early in 2019) for posterior publication. For... 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
 FAO. 1995. Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. Rome, FAO. 41 pp. (also available at FAO. Concepts and definitions - Fisheries and Resources Monitoring System (FIRMS). [Cited 1 November 2020]. 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
 Catch and landings statistics are for many purposes required as very detailed data e.g. broken down by fleet, gear, season, target species and geographic area or fishing zone. The nationality of landings follows the vessel flag state principle as described... More
 Live weight: Total weight of fish when captured, estimated as if it was alive and prior to processing. More
 Retained catch: Estimated component of the catch which is retained on board during a fishing trip (refer catch concept diagram). An estimate of the retained catch is reported as total live weight of fish retained and in some fisheries the... More
 Product weight: Weight of a fish product, often measured at-sea at the conclusion of processing. Information on product type, product homogeneity and conversion factors is also required in order to interpret product weight. As for landed weight, relevant when calculating... More