This issue, Volume 38 for 1988 data, contains the most recent year of completed data available
to the Secretariat. The data were derived from STATLANT 21B8 reports by countries which are subject to
the Regulations of NAFO and by non-member states, which reported fishing operations in the Northwest
Atlantic during 1988. Data on quantities of fish and invertebrates are presented as ''nominal catches" (i.e.
live weight equivalent of the landings) in metric tons, and data for seaweeds are given as wet weight in
metric tons. Catches of seals are given as numbers of animals. The statistics are presented on a calendar
year basis and by month, where applicable. The tabular material in this issue was prepared directly from
computer compilations, utilizing the Secretariat's own IBM Compatible PC-NEC 386 with an NEC LC-890
Laser Silentwriter and printed at the Secretariat.
This issue of the Bulletin is set out with four parts: Part I contains summaries of catches of selected
finfish and invertebrate species by country and subarea for 1974-88; Part II contains the statistics of
nominal catches and fishing effort for 1988; Pan Ill contains the seal catches and hunting effort for 1988;
and Part IV , contains corrections to previous issues of the Bulletin. In tables where various groups of
species are used, they are in accordance with those listed in the "Definitions and Abbreviations". Further
details of the tabular presentation of data are given in the text at the beginning of each Part.
The delayed publication of this issue was due to the very late receipt of some final statistics.