Fishmeal production and trends, July 2016


  • Global total fisheries production (excluding aquatic plants) reached 167.2 million tonnes in 2014, with 93.4 million tonnes from capture and 73.8 million tonnes from aquaculture. Global total capture fishery production in 2014 was 93.4 million tonnes, of which 81.5 million tonnes was from marine waters (a slight increase on the previous years) and 11.9 million tonnes from inland waters.
  • World aquaculture production continues to grow and now provides half of all fish for human consumption. Excluding fish destined for non-food uses, a milestone was reached in 2014 when, for the first time ever, the world’s population consumed more farmed fish than wild-caught fish.
  • When aquatic plants are included, world aquaculture production reached 101.1 million tonnes in 2014, representing 52% of total fisheries production (195.7 million tonnes).
  • The share of commercially assessed fish stocks within biologically sustainable levels was 68.6% in 2013. Thus, 31.4% of fish stocks were overfished. Of the total number of stocks assessed in 2013, fully fished stocks accounted for 58.1% and under fished stocks 10.5%.
  • The share of world fish production utilised for direct human consumption has increased significantly in recent decades, up from 67% in the 1960s to 87%, or more than 146 million tonnes, in 2014.
  • Growth in the global supply of fish for human consumption has outpaced population growth in the past five decades, with world per
    capita apparent fish consumption doubling from about 10 kg in the 1960s to 20 kg today. 
  • In 2013, fish accounted for about 17% of the global population’s intake of animal protein and 6.7% of all protein consumed. Fish provided more than 3.1 billion people with almost 20% of their average per capita intake of animal protein.
  • In 2014, 84% of the global population engaged in fisheries and aquaculture were in Asia. An estimated 56.6 million people were engaged in the primary sector of capture fisheries and aquaculture in 2014.

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