Table 1 Species caught on the high seas, 2002–2011.

Data: Sea Around Us.

SpeciesFamilyAverage annual high seas catch
(103 metric tons)
Proportion of total catch from the
high seas (%)
Skipjack tunaScombridae966.635
Yellowfin tunaScombridae562.534
Bigeye tunaScombridae335.764
Chilean jack mackerelCarangidae30722
Argentine shortfin squidOmmastrephidae149.525
Blue whitingGadidae130.810
Chub mackerelScombridae113.110
Albacore tunaScombridae104.542
Japanese anchovyEngraulidae96.66
Jumbo flying squidOmmastrephidae83.87
Pacific sauryScomberesocidae81.79
SwordfishXiphiidae64.752
Antarctic krillEuphausiidae37.424
Japanese jack mackerelCarangidae28.99
Northern prawnPandalidae27.88
Flathead grey mulletMugilidae23.313
Frigate tunaScombridae17.17
Narrowbarred Spanish mackerelScombridae14.63
Atlantic codGadidae11.31
Southern bluefin tunaScombridae11.148
KawakawaScombridae10.64
Greenland halibutPleuronectidae7.67
Shortfin mako sharkLamnidae7.618
Striped marlinIstiophoridae6.553
Pacific bluefin tunaScombridae5.321
Patagonian toothfishNototheniidae4.817
European anchovyEngraulidae4.50
Black marlinIstiophoridae424
Indo-Pacific sailfishIstiophoridae411
Antarctic toothfishNototheniidae3.7100
Wellington flying squidOmmastrephidae339
Patagonian grenadierMerlucciidae2.41
Indo-Pacific king mackerelScombridae2.11
Atlantic bluefin tunaScombridae25
Silver seabreamSparidae27
Blue marlinIstiophoridae1.427
Atlantic sailfishIstiophoridae1.324
Roundnose grenadierMacrouridae1.217
Bullet tunaScombridae1.15