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Friday, 13 June 2014

Accurate fishing data?



Students the world over embarking on a project that involves data collection face the same problem - just where do you go to get the data and how accurate is it?

In the case of fishing, you might head for your local or national MMO or Defra office. Or you might decide to ask of the FAO - the Fisheries Agriculture Organisation - part of the United nations, both are worthy bodies and their data is used to help determine catch quotas for the EU fleets in the North east Atlantic.

If you were looking for albacore tuna catch data in the new millennium these two bodies would seem to be a good choice. Here are their figures:




What's a student to do?

Can anyone help or explain the significant difference in the data between 2008 and 2012?

If so, please email Gareth John gdj501@york.ac.uk at York University who is studying a degree in Marine Environmental Management.


This is how the data was presented:


YearFAO AlbacoreMMO Albacore
200015NA
20012NA
20020NA
20030NA
20040NA
20056NA
200618NA
200730NA
20085050
20096650
201011820
2011575
2012NANA