Frequently Asked Questions

I’m new to the Sea Around Us site. Do you have an overview?
Review the Sea Around Us Search Result Information Sheet.

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.

When will the High Seas and Global data be available?
These data will be released after a summary of their main features is published in a peer-reviewed journal.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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