Top importers of fish and fishery products worldwide 2018

In 2018, the top exporter of fish and fishery products worldwide was the European Union. That year, the fish industry of the European Union had an export value of around 60.6 billion U.S. dollars. The United States exported around 22.6 billion dollars worth of fish and fishery products in that year.

Global fish production

Although fish farming, also known as aquaculture, has become more prevalent over the last decade, most of the world’s fish is still obtained through fishing. Most of the global fish production was utilized for human consumption, with only a small share being used for non-food purposes.

Aquaculture in the United States

In 2016, the United States produced around 444.37 thousand metric tons of fish in fish farms. In the early 2000s this figure was higher on average and experienced a sudden drop between 2010 and 2011. Despite this, the production value of U.S. aquaculture exhibited an upward trend in the last several years, amounting to 1.45 billion U.S. dollars in 2016.

Leading importers of fish and fishery products worldwide in 2018 (in billion U.S. dollars)*

Imports in billion U.S. dollars
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January 2019



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Supplementary notes

**EU 28. Including intra-trade. Cyprus is included in Asia as well as in the European Union (Member Organization).
Trade data exclude whales, seals, other aquatic mammals and aquatic plants. Trade data include fish meal and fish oil.

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