Aggregated Tuna Catch by Driftnet for Pacific Islands Region

This dataset contains metadata and tabular file (csv) that represents the most complete DRIFTNET data available to the Western and Central Pacific Fishing Commission (WCPFC) that can be disseminated into the public domain in accordance with the current “Rules and Procedures for the Protection, Access to, and Dissemination of Data Compiled by the Commission”. Data cover 1983 to 1990 and the Pacific Ocean south of the equator. This fishery has been inactive since 1991. Aggregated data are grouped by 5°x5° latitude/longitude grids, year and month.

In reference to the RAP (Paragraph 9), cells where effort is less than or equal to the maximum value estimated to represent the activities of two vessels have been removed from the public domain data.

Fields for the tabular data are:
YY - Year
MM - Month
LAT5 - Latitude. This is the short format of the Latitude position (in degrees only). It represents the latitude of the south-west corner of the 5° square for these data.
LON5 - Longitude. It represents the longitude of the south-west corner of 5° square for these data.
DAYS - Days fishing.
ALB_N - Albacore catch in numbers.
ALB_C - Albacore catch in metric tonnes.