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Document: ISSF 2016-15: A Comparative Study of Annual Tuna Catches from Two Different Sources: FAO Global Capture Database vs. Tuna RFMOs Statistical Databases (2000-2014)


In this study, ISSF performed a comparative analysis of global tuna-catch statistics from 2000-2014 provided by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and tuna Regional Fishing Management Organizations (t-RFMOs). The report identifies and seeks to explain discrepancies between the FAO and t-RFMO data sources. In recent years, for example, discrepancies between the datasets have been about 5%, although some species- and region-specific discrepancies have been over 10%. Recommendations for how to address the discrepancies, and harmonize the datasets, are offered in the report.

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Justel-Rubio, A., L. Garibaldi, J. Hampton, M. Maunder and V. Restrepo. 2016. A comparative study of annual tuna catches from two different sources: FAO global capture database vs tuna RFMOs statistical databases (2000 – 2014). ISSF Technical Report 2016-15. International Seafood Sustainability Foundation, Washington, D.C., USA.