Getting Started with Sea Around Us Tools

Sea Around Us makes a wide range of data available. Use the information and examples below to find information.

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For information on relevant methods, refer to the Methods Index page.

**A graph showing global catch is now available here**

Topics on this page

How to search catch allocation data
Viewing Search Results Pages
Examples of Catch Allocation results page
What data is downloadable currently in production?
R libraries

How to Search Catch Allocation Data

You can search and view catch allocation data in three ways:

Simple map searches
To explore by map, click a region on map or use a search field to view by EEZ, LME, High Seas, RFMO or Fishing country.  Use the Search By Map page.

Advanced search 
For a wider range of search options, including selecting multiple regions or taxa use the Advanced Search page.

Click to view Advanced Search

Catch allocation map: Search by fishing countries or taxa, search by commercial or functional group or rotate and zoom the globe to map allocation results on a global map. Get more help using the Catch Allocation Map.

Viewing Search Results Graph Pages

Each graph page has sections and links specific to its search type. See below for an annotated picture using EEZ or view a larger version.


Examples of Catch Allocation results pages

Examples below are single pages. You can pull back more than on region or taxon at a time using Advanced Search (though not all fields appear).

EEZ: EEZ Waters of French Polynesia by value for top 5 fishing countries
Fishing country: Catches by fishing fleets of Spain by tonnage for top 20 EEZs
EEZ + Neighbouring EEZs: Catches by Commercial Group for Peru and neighbouring EEZs
RFMO:   Landed value of catches of target species by Fishing sector in the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT)
LME: Landed value of catches by Fishing Sector in the waters of the Benguela Current
Taxon: Patagonian toothfish catch value by top 10 fishing countries

Taxon and Biodiversity Tools

The website has both catch and taxonomic data by taxon or multiple taxa, including catch allocation data available for download.

Search for taxon information from the Biodiversity page: Review information and find links to additional websites on the Key Information page. See an example using yellowfin tuna.

View Yellowfin Tuna taxon information

Search for catches by taxon using the Advanced Search page.
Examples:
Single taxon: Global catches of Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) by Fishing country
Multiple taxa:  Global catches of Atlantic cod, Herrings and Capelin by EEZ

What data is downloadable currently in production?

Look for a Download data button on any page to download the related data.  For larger data sets or additional data, please contact Sea Around Us directly.

Catch allocation data downloads for EEZ, LME, RFMO, Fishing country, Taxa
In a catch data download, the following columns are included in the .csv for all data 1950-2010 for all data captured, whether the user selects one or multiple regions or taxa. A README file with data version information and the Citation Policy are also included, as well as the latest Methods document and any reconstruction references that may be available.  Click Download data on the Algeria page to download the .zip file to see an example. For larger data sets or additional data, please contact Sea Around Us directly.

  • Geographic area name
  • Area type
  • Year
  • Scientific name
  • Common name
  • Functional group
  • Commercial group
  • Fishing entity
  • Fishing sector
  • Catch type
  • Reporting status
  • Tonnes of catch
  • Landed value of catch in 2005 USD

Downloadable Indicator data: Marine Trophic Index, Stock Status and Multinational Footprint for Primary Production

For applicable region types, the indicator pages also include data downloads for all data graphed.

Global Mariculture Data

Taxon, Year and Tonnage are available by country for mariculture production. For an example, click download on the Thailand Global Mariculture page to download the .zip file.

R Libraries

The Sea Around Us R libraries allow researchers to download and manipulate data directly. With the latest version, users can provide a GIS shapefile to get the much-anticipated ½-degree by ½-degree cell data from the catch allocation map.

The libraries can be downloaded from GitHub: https://github.com/SeaAroundUs/rseaaroundus and include the Sea Around Us data use policy, as well as instructions and examples in a README file.