Sea Around Us updates catch numbers to 2018, adds new ecosystems

The Sea Around Us is pleased to announce that the marine fisheries catch data and derived indicators have been updated to the year 2018.

After months of intensive work by our teams in Canada, the Philippines and Australia, we can now proudly say that time series with 69 years’ worth of data (1950-2018) are available for free on www.seaaroundus.org.

This update required our teams to manage over 10 billion rows of data, the largest compilation of information we have processed in the past 20 years.

In addition to our regular catch data update by Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), Large Marine Ecosystems (LME), Marine Ecoregions (ME), Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMO), High Seas, Global and FAO Area, users will now have the opportunity to access data by estuaries and coral reefs.

These new data – which are available for all the taxa in the database – have been incorporated by matching the affinity of fish and invertebrates to these two ecosystems.

Users can access the data on catches by estuaries and coral reefs by scrolling down to the ‘Ecosystems’ section located midway on each EEZ page.

In the future, the goal is to improve this section by assigning catch data to fronts and seamounts, as well as adding new ecosystems, namely seagrasses and mangroves.

The documentation of data, methods, and assumptions made for this update are presented for each country and territory in the “reconstruction references” section.

We welcome feedback from users of our data, particularly in terms of elements that can be improved.