What’s the Catch? New Fisheries Data Available

The Sea Around Us Project provides global marine fisheries landings spatially so we have an idea of which country caught what and where.  We have to keep the data updated, which takes a team of skilled people led by Dr. Reg Watson. The new and improved version of the database is now available online and includes updated catch data to 2006, catch reconstructions for China (whose catch was adjusted downward after Watson & Pauly, 2001) and 12 other countries, updated fishing agreements, and improved spatial allocation of catch due to greater knowledge of species distributions.  You can read more about the database updates in the forthcoming Sea Around Us newsletter.