Monthly-resolved swordfish bycatch data from Milazzo tuna trap, 1896-1901


The data are swordfish (Xiphias gladius) bycatches from the artisanal bluefin tuna fishing trap located at Milazzo, Sicily, Italy. The data have been recovered from historical records, reports and archives associated with the traps. Data records include the locations and dates for the catches and the catch in numbers and/or weight in given months. Catch data in weight are not available on specific days for these years at this site. The time period is 1896-1901. Catch data in numbers are however available on specific days for these years at this site; see accompanying data set #928996.The data have been recovered to increase understanding of the long-term dynamics of the population and its fisheries, including effects of exploitation and climate variability and change, and to provide baseline knowledge against which future variations can be compared.

Corresponding authors: Teresa Romeo ( and Brian R. MacKenzie ( project was supported by the participating institutes. An initial travel grant (Short Term Scientific Mission) was provided to BRM from the EU COST Action IS1403 (Oceans Past Platform: OPP) to visit colleagues (TR, PB, PC, FA) at Milazzo, Italy to discuss and plan project objectives and data recovery.

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Creator MacKenzie, Brian R ORCID logo; Romeo, Teresa ORCID logo; Addis, Piero; Battaglia, Pietro ORCID logo; Consoli, Pierpaolo ORCID logo; Andaloro, Franco; Sarà, Gianluca
Publisher PANGAEA
Publication Year 2021
Funding Reference European Commission Crossref Funder ID IS1403 Oceans Past Inititative / Oceans Past Platform (OPP)
Rights Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International;
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Resource Type Dataset
Format text/tab-separated-values
Size 38 data points
Discipline Earth System Research
Spatial Coverage (15.217 LON, 38.233 LAT); Mediterranean Sea, Western Basin
Temporal Coverage Begin 1896-05-01T00:00:00Z
Temporal Coverage End 1901-07-01T00:00:00Z