Where can I obtain more details on the gears under the Gear Type filter?
The gear types classification used by FishSource is based on the International Standard Statistical Classification of Fishing Gear (ISSCFG) recommended by FAO. Click here to download a summary pdf of gear types from FAO or here to access the complete document with descriptions of the major gears.
Where it has been deemed necessary to further break down a gear type we have expanded categories within FAO’s classification. These can be identified in fishery profile names as their abbreviated forms are followed by a suffix (e.g. MIS_rk for rake/hand gathered). The full list of gear types used on FishSource and their respective abbreviations can be downloaded here (pdf).