In 2019, global fish production reached an estimated volume of 177.8 million metric tons. In the past decade production has grown by roughly 31.9 million metric tons. This includes both aquaculture production as well as wild fishing. The former having a much larger impact on the industry's increasing catch numbers.Fish species by catch volume
Global Marine and inland capture of fish
Global fish production by catching method
In 2019, global fish production from aquaculture came to an estimated 86.5 million metric tons. It came close to the 91.3 million tons produced by fishing.
The gap between the output of wild fish catching and fish farming, whether on the high seas or on land, has become ever closer. In the last decade alone, aquaculture output has grown by almost 31 million tons. If this trend continues, farmed fish will soon replace caught fish as the number one source of fish.
Leading global aquaculture producers
Global aquaculture production value
In 2018, China was the leading producer of captured fish, crustaceans, molluscs, and other sealife. China caught fish and other seafood with a volume of 14.65 million metric tons. It caught more than twice as much as the next biggest fish catching nation, Indonesia.
Including Russia, six of the leading ten fishing nations of the world were Asian nations. In aquaculture the leading position of Asian nations is even more pronounced.
Aquaculture production by world region
Food fish supply by world region
The fisheries and aquaculture category offers data on the commercial business of catching fish and other aquatic animals. Commercial fishing involves the harvesting of wild fish. In contrast, aquaculture is the cultivation and harvesting of aquatic populations under controlled conditions for human consumption, in both fresh and saltwater.
Within this sector, Statista provides information about the fishery operations and trade of different nations. Data coverage includes overviews of various fish species landings, production values, industry revenues, and the final fishery products.