Frequently Asked Questions


I’m new to the Sea Around Us site. Do you have an overview?
Use the Getting Started page for information on using the site.

How do I enable JavaScript so I can use the full site?
To read how to enable JavaScript on common browsers, click here.

What browsers are best to use with this site?
The site works best using the latest version of Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari with JavaScript enabled. To install an updated browser, click here to download Chrome for free.

I am on a slow connection. How can I get to the simple search?
Please use the Basic Search page to search and download catch data in a simple text format.

With whom does Sea Around Us have partnerships and projects?
Refer to our Partners and Sub-projects page for information about our partners and sub-projects.

Where can I find a Privacy Policy?
A: Refer to our Privacy Policy here.

How should I cite Sea Around Us data?
Please cite the data as per the Citation Policy.

Are these data the same as on the old Sea Around Us site?
No, the catch data presented previously by the Sea Around Us were essentially landings data reported to FAO by member countries, from 1950 to 2006. What is offered now are ‘reconstructed’ catch data, by sector, catch type and reporting status, for 1950 to most recent year of Sea Around Us’ processed data. ‘Reconstructed’ data combine officially reported data with best estimates of all unreported catches, both landed and discarded.

I would like to report an issue with the data. Whom can I contact?
Please use our Feedback form and include any publications or contact information you wish reviewed.

How do I download data?
For each graph, a “Download Data” button is available on the page. The data displayed will download in *.csv or other delimited format. If you would like to download data for which a Download button is not provided, please use our Feedback form to contact us.

I would like to download ALL of the data…
The Sea Around Us data set is very large. Please contact Sea Around Us through the feedback form if you are interested in learning more about partnering. In future releases, we will offer the ability to download larger data sets.

I tried to open a .csv file for an RFMO or several regions combined, and Excel tells me it’s too large to open. How can I view these files?
For data sets that encompass large geographic regions with significant catch (e.g. some RFMO downloads or combined downloads of several regions or taxa), some versions of Excel cannot manage the number of rows. We recommend using a newer version of Excel or another data management application for these files. You can also open the file in notepad and split into two files (though this process may be unwieldy)

When I open the data download in Excel, a few accents do not render correctly.
Sea Around Us data downloads are in UTF-8 which Excel does not display by default. For instructions on how to correct this issue, refer to this page.

I am a developer interested in the Sea around Us source code. Where can I find it?
Sea Around Us code is available on GitHub. Please cite the usage and any data as per the Citation Policy

How can I download the graphs?
The best method currently is to take a screenshot of your screen. You can read about how to take screen shots here. Please cite the usage and any data as per the Citation Policy.

Do you have a list of methods?
Review the Methods Index.

Q:What are the circles in the middle of the allocation map?
A: The boundaries represent EEZ’s