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Classification and illustrated definition of fishing gears

FAO Fishing Technology and Operations Team (NFIFO)

  • This document elaborates the revised International Standard Statistical Classification of Fishing Gear (ISSCFG), as endorsed and adopted for implementation by the FAO Coordinating Working Party on Fishery Statistics (CWP) at its Twenty-fifth Session in February 2016 in Rome, Italy. 
  • The classification applies to commercial, subsistence and recreational fisheries in marine and freshwater fisheries. 
  • The document provides definitions and illustrations of the configuration and mode of operation of typical fishing gears. 
  • The primary purpose is to assist FAO Members, regional fishery bodies, as well as those working on fishery statistics and management, to correctly attribute and report fisheries catches made by different gear types. 
  • The document also contributes to the prevention, deterrence and elimination of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing by providing monitoring, control and surveillance personnel with information to identify the type of fishing gear with regard to license and authorization to carry out fishing operations. 
  • This document provides context and references for some contemporary conservation issues related to major fishing gear types; it can therefore be used as a reference text for students and researchers in fisheries and marine conservation. 

NFIFO acknowledges ICES-FAO Working Group on Fishing Technology and Fish Behaviour (WGFTFB) and CWP secretariat for their contribution to the revision of the classification, and initiation concept of the document (individuals are listed in the Acknowledgements section). It also thanks Seafish (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) for generously permitting the use of 35 drawings for this report and the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Centre (Thailand) and Mr T. Cracolichi (United States of America) for making additional drawings under the commission of FAO.  

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