Limits To Growth/world fisheries and aquaculture production and utilization

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Capture fisheries and aquaculture supplied the world with about 142 million tonnes of fish in 2008. Of this, 115 million tonnes was used as human food, providing an estimated apparent per capita supply of about 17 kg (live weight equivalent), which is an all-time high. Aquaculture accounted for 46 percent of total food fish supply, a slightly lower proportion than reported in The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2008 owing to a major downward revision of aquaculture and capture fishery production statistics by China, but representing a continuing increase from 43 percent in 2006.[1]

Production (Million tonnes) 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Inland
Capture 8.6 9.4 9.8 10.0 10.2 10.1
Aquaculture 25.2 26.8 28.7 30.7 32.9 35.0
Total Inland 33.8 36.2 38.5 40.6 43.1 45.1
Marine
Capture 83.8 82.7 80.0 79.9 79.5 79.9
Aquaculture 16.7 17.5 18.6 19.2 19.7 20.1
Total Marine 100.5 100.1 98.6 99.2 99.2 100.0
Total Capture 92.4 92.1 89.7 89.9 89.7 90.0
Total Aquaculture 41.9 44.3 47.4 49.9 52.5 55.1
Total World Fisheries 134.3 136.4 137.1 139.8 142.3 145.1

This production is used as follows:

Utilization (Million tonnes) 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Human consumption 104.4 107.3 110.7 112.7 115.1 117.8
Non-food uses 29.8 29.1 26.3 27.1 27.2 27.3
World Population (billions) 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 6.8
Per capita food fish supply (kg) 16.2 16.5 16.8 16.9 17.1 17.2

References[edit]

  1. The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture, 2010, FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, 2010, ISSN 1020-5489, ISBN 978-92-5-106675-1