The making of a global marine fisheries catch database for policy development

Daniel Pauly, Dirk Zeller

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We describe the rationale behind and details of a 15-year-research initiative that resulted in a global database of marine fisheries catches, which overcomes the data limitations imposed on the officially reported FAO “landings” database derived from annual data submissions by member countries. The resultant global database of the Sea Around Us (freely accessible at, which spatially allocates global fisheries catches to ocean space in an ecologically meaningful and politically “practical” manner, represents the most comprehensive database of total reconstructed marine fisheries catch in the world. Furthermore, we outline catch data products that may be of great utility to scientists interested in global fisheries and to other global fisheries data users engaged in strategic policy environments. Finally, we indicate potential future directions for Sea Around Us data and website features.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorld seas: An environmental evaluation
Subtitle of host publicationVolume III: Ecological issues and environmental impacts
EditorsCharles Sheppard
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherAcademic Press
ISBN (Print)9780128050521
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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