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Dataset | 25 January 2017

Fishery Global Aquaculture Production


Statistics on production volume and value by species, country or area, fishing area and culture aquatic environment. Volume is expressed in tonnes and value in thousand US$ (value of aquaculture production, converted from local currencies, is reported as thousand US$ using appropriate average annual exchange rates).

Aquaculture production specifically refers to output from aquaculture activities, which are designated for final harvest for consumption. At this time, harvest for ornamental purposes is not included.

The database shows annual figures from 1950 organized by:

  • close to 200 countries and territories
  • three types of water termed as “environments (freshwater, brackish water and marine)” in which targeted species are cultured
  • approximately 550 species/items (fish, crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic animals and plants) contained in the FAO International Standard Statistical Classification of Aquatic Animals and Plants (ISSCAAP)

Aquaculture production statistics for crocodiles and alligators (in numbers) at present are not included. They are currently included in the database of Capture production statistics.

Data periodicity: data are reported yearly and the period used is the calendar year (1 January - 31 December). For countries or territories using split-year or fiscal year in their reporting, the data shown correspond to the calendar year in which the split-year or fiscal year ends.

The volume and value data in Global aquaculture production are primarily official statistics obtained by FAO's Statistics and Information Service (FIPS) directly from nations. Data reported by countries may have been supplemented by verifiable information from other sources, including:

  • academic reviews;
  • consultants reports; and
  • other specialist literature

When value data (based on farm gate prices) have not been supplied by countries (i.e. China), standardized indicative figures have been used. When national offices fail to report their annual aquaculture statistics, FAO, in the absence of other verifiable information, repeats or estimates the data previously reported by the country.