The international standard statistical classification of fishing gear (ISSCFG)

The ISSCFG constitutes a comprehensive classification of all gears and tools used for fishing. It includes categories of gears used for both artisanal and industrial fishing methods. This standard classification is developed to identify the fishing technology for the compilation of catch and effort data and to support fish stock assessment. It is also used as reference for fisheries statisticians, fisheries technology development and the training of fishers.

The ISSCFG was originally adopted during the 10th Session of the CWP (Madrid, 22-29 July 1980). The revised Classification – ISSCFG Revision 1 – has been endorsed and adopted for CWP Member's implementation by the CWP at its 25th Session (Rome, 23-26 February 2016).

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Author Coordinating Working Party on Fishery Statistics (CWP) Secretariat
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Maintainer CWP Secretary - Stefania Vannuccini. Senior Fisheries Officer
Version 2016.1
Last Updated September 12, 2022, 08:56 (UTC)
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Custodian Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Pubisher Coordinating Working Party on Fishery Statistics (CWP) Secretariat
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Year first adopted 1980
Year last endorsed 2016