Main exporting countries of fish and fishery products worldwide 2018

The European Union was the top exporter of fish and fishery products worldwide in 2018, at 38.1 billion U.S. dollars in export value. China came in second at 25 billion U.S. dollars in fish and fishery exports.

Global seafood market

The global seafood market is projected to reach approximately 155.32 billion U.S. dollars in value by the year 2023, up from about 130 billion U.S. dollars in 2018. Though seafood features heavily in the cuisines of many different cultures, the three largest markets for processed fish and seafood worldwide are China, India, and Japan, in descending order.

Fish consumption in the U.S.

In the United States, seafood is readily available but as a protein source is not quite as popular as meat, eggs, or dairy. Only about 29 percent of Americans consider fish or seafood as main source of protein in their diet. Shrimp was the most popular variety of seafood, with the average U.S. consumer eating around four pounds of shrimp on an annual basis.

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

Exports in million U.S. dollars
EU**38.1
China25
Norway12.1
Vietnam7.7
India7
Chile6.8
United States6.1
Thailand6
Canada5.4
Ecuador5
Indonesia4.6
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Source

Release date

January 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2018

Supplementary notes

*Forecasted.
**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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