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About this Digest on Fisheries

  1. Source for this Digest
  2. Current Status
  3. Digest Publication History

1. Source for this Digest

The material content of the texts on Level 2 is directly sourced from "The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2008" , Part 1 World review of fisheries and aquaculture, of the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization), a leading scientific report published in 2009 by a large international panel of scientists.

This flag ship publication of the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department is published every two years with the purpose of providing policy-makers, civil society and those whose livelihoods depend on the sector a comprehensive, objective and global view of capture fisheries and aquaculture, including associated policy issues.

The Level 1 was written by the GreenFacts editorial team.

This new fisheries digest replaces and updates the summary of "The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2004" that had been produced by GreenFacts in 2005 and presented on this website.

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2. Current Status

Approved by the GreenFacts Scientific Board on 9 March 2009.

3. Digest Publication History

The GreenFacts publication process is designed to ensure as high a degree of objectivity as possible.

First draft

The first draft of this Digest was produced by GreenFacts on January 22, 2009.

Preliminary and Peer review

The second draft of this Digest was produced in February 4, 2009 by GreenFacts and peer reviewed by scientists from FAO Fisheries (see our  peer review form). Final corrections were added under the supervision of the GreenFacts Scientific Board in late February 2009.


The final draft of the Level 1 summary was published online on 2 March 2009, simultaneously with the online release of the FAO source document.

Final publication has been approved by the President of the GreenFacts Scientific Board on 9 March 2009.

Press Release

2 March 2009

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Updates or subsequent post-publication revisions

No update or revision at present.

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