Key numbers from The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2018


Workers loading fresh fish catch at Mumbai's Sasson Docks. Photo/IAC


  • Total global fish production in 2016: 171 million tonnes
    • Share of that from marine capture fisheries: 79.3 million tonnes
    • From freshwater capture fisheries: 11.6 million tonnes
    • From aquaculture: 80 million tonnes
  • Amount of production consumed by humans as food: 151.2 million tonnes
  • Amount of production lost to spoilage a/o thrown away after landing and prior to consumption: 27 percent of all landings.
  • First-sale value of all fisheries and aquaculture production in 2016: $362 billion
    • Share of that from aquaculture: $232 billion
  • Number of people employed in fisheries and aquaculture: 59.6 million
    • Percentage of those who are women: 14 percent
    • Region with the most fishers and fish farmers: Asia (85 percent of the total)
  • Number of fishing vessels on the planet: 4.6 million
    • Largest fleet by region: Asia (3.3 million vessels, or 75% of the global fleet)
  • Percent of global fish production that enters international trade: 35 percent
  • Value of fish production exports: $143 billion
  • Net export revenues for developing countries ($37 billion) exceeds revenues from their exports of meat, tobacco, rice and sugar combined
  • World’s largest fish producer and exporter: China
  • World’s largest consumer market of fish and fish products: The European Union. Number two: The United States; Number three: Japan.
  • Most unsustainable fisheries: Mediterranean and Black Sea (62.2 percent overfished stocks), the Southeast Pacific (61.5%), Southwest Atlantic (58.8%)
  • Most sustainable fisheries: Eastern Central, Western Central, NE, NW and Southwest Pacific (all <17% of overfished stocks)


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