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Fisheries fleet: The FAO has a two dimensional definition, of which the OECD only uses the concept of fishing vessel.

Fishery Fleet: The term "fishery fleet" or "fishery vessels" refers to mobile floating objects of any kind and size, operating in freshwater, brackishwater and marine waters which are used for catching, harvesting, searching, transporting, landing, preserving and/or processing fish, shellfish and other aquatic organisms, residues and plants.
Fishing vessel: The term "fishing vessel" is used instead when the vessel is engaged only in catching operations.

Gross Register Tonnage: The Gross Register Tonnage represents the total measured cubic content of the permanently enclosed spaces of a vessel, with some allowances or deductions for exempt spaces such as living quarters (1 gross register ton = 100 cubic feet = 2.83 cubic metres).

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The Fisheries Committee (COFI) from the Trade and Agriculture Directorate (TAD) collects, on an annual basis from all its participating countries, data on landings, aquaculture production, fleet, employment in the fisheries sector, and government financial transfers. Data are collected from Fisheries Ministries, National Statistics Offices and other institution designated as an official data source.

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Data are collected by the OECD using the methodologies established by the Coordinating Working Party on Fishery Statistics (CWP) (www.fao.org/fishery/cwp/search/en). This inter-agency body, created in 1960 to develop common procedures and standards for the collation of fisheries statistics, provides technical advice on fishery statistical matters. Its handbook of Fishery Statistical Standards comprises definitions of the various concepts used in fishery statistics, with the exception of Government Financial Transfers which is unique to the OECD. All other statistics are based on the CWP definitions.

The OECD, a partner with the CWP, additionaly collects information on values for its landings and records the breakdown between the types of landings (i.e. landings in domestic ports, landings in foreign ports) data series which are not collected by the FAO. While a number of countries cover landings in a similar fashion, the same does not hold true for capacity (feet/meters, GRT/engine powers), or for employment for which both Full-time equivalents or numbers of people are used. The OECD therefore does not duplicate FAO statistics but requests complementary information to feed its analytical work.

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The survey used for this exercise is the "Fisheries database questionnaire".

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Numbers of vessels, Gross Register Tonnage.

To maintain consitency with the FAO approach, information is presented in length classes, rather than tonnage classes. For each length class, the number of vessels and the total capacity in Gross Tonnage are given.

Reference period

Data series start in 1995 until the most recent available data which normally refers to the current year-2. Year-1 is sometimes available with provisional data.

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Data are collected in August, published in December of the same year for the period until the year-2.

Population Scope

Numbers of vessels in the Fisheries sector.

It will be noted that some countries do not report some of the statistics. Some incomplete time series, reported at the detailed level, are not taken into account in the totals.

Geographic coverage

The geographical area is the countries participating in the work of the COFI; but not all countries have information available do provide answers to our data surveys.

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Fisheries fleet: The FAO has a two dimensional definition, of which the OECD only uses the concept of fishing vessel.

Fishery Fleet: The term &quot;fishery fleet&quot; or &quot;fishery vessels&quot; refers to mobile floating objects of any kind and size, operating in freshwater, brackishwater and marine waters which are used for catching, harvesting, searching, transporting, landing, preserving and/or processing fish, shellfish and other aquatic organisms, residues and plants.
Fishing vessel: The term &quot;fishing vessel&quot; is used instead when the vessel is engaged only in catching operations.

Gross Register Tonnage: The Gross Register Tonnage represents the total measured cubic content of the permanently enclosed spaces of a vessel, with some allowances or deductions for exempt spaces such as living quarters (1 gross register ton = 100 cubic feet = 2.83 cubic metres).

Data source(s) used
 

The Fisheries Committee (COFI) from the Trade and Agriculture Directorate (TAD) collects, on an annual basis from all its participating countries, data on landings, aquaculture production, fleet, employment in the fisheries sector, and government financial transfers. Data are collected from Fisheries Ministries, National Statistics Offices and other institution designated as an official data source.

Concepts Classifications

Data are collected by the OECD using the methodologies established by the Coordinating Working Party on Fishery Statistics (CWP) (www.fao.org/fishery/cwp/search/en). This inter-agency body, created in 1960 to develop common procedures and standards for the collation of fisheries statistics, provides technical advice on fishery statistical matters. Its handbook of Fishery Statistical Standards comprises definitions of the various concepts used in fishery statistics, with the exception of Government Financial Transfers which is unique to the OECD. All other statistics are based on the CWP definitions.

The OECD, a partner with the CWP, additionaly collects information on values for its landings and records the breakdown between the types of landings (i.e. landings in domestic ports, landings in foreign ports) data series which are not collected by the FAO. While a number of countries cover landings in a similar fashion, the same does not hold true for capacity (feet/meters, GRT/engine powers), or for employment for which both Full-time equivalents or numbers of people are used. The OECD therefore does not duplicate FAO statistics but requests complementary information to feed its analytical work.

Name of collection/source

The survey used for this exercise is the "Fisheries database questionnaire".

Unit of measure used

Numbers of vessels, Gross Register Tonnage.

To maintain consitency with the FAO approach, information is presented in length classes, rather than tonnage classes. For each length class, the number of vessels and the total capacity in Gross Tonnage are given.

Reference period

Data series start in 1995 until the most recent available data which normally refers to the current year-2. Year-1 is sometimes available with provisional data.

Link to Release calendar

Data are collected in August, published in December of the same year for the period until the year-2.

Population Scope

Numbers of vessels in the Fisheries sector.

It will be noted that some countries do not report some of the statistics. Some incomplete time series, reported at the&nbsp;detailed level,&nbsp;are not taken into account in&nbsp;the totals.

Geographic coverage

The geographical area is the countries participating in the work of the COFI; but not all countries have information available do provide answers to our data surveys.