Latin America and

the Caribbean
4%
Africa
10%
Asia
84%
Biogas
Fertilizer
Sauces
Pet food
Fishmeal
Dietetic products Make-up
Gelatin
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Fish is among the world’s most traded food commodities
The amount of fish that people
are eating continues to rise.
Fish makes up 17% of
the global population’s
intake of animal protein,
and provides essential
nutrients, vitamins and
omega-3 fatty acids.
71% of the commercially important marine fish stocks monitored by FAO
are fished within biologically sustainable levels (2011)
Just some of their many uses
10-12% of the world’s population depends on fisheries and
aquaculture for their livelihoods
Regional breakdown of employment in the sector
Worth almost US$130 billion (2012)
Just 2% of people are employed in fisheries in other parts of the world
61%
Fully
fished
29%
Over-
fished
10%
Under-
fished
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The total number of fishing vessels
in the world was estimated to be
about 4.7 million in 2012
10kg per capita
1960
2012
more than
19kg
per capita
TRADE
CONSUMPTION AND NUTRITION
FISH STOCKS
FISH BY-PRODUCTS
LIVELIHOODS
Developed
economies
account for
46%
of total fishery
exports by value
Developing
economies
account for
54%
of total fishery
exports by value
World fisheries produced 158 million tonnes of fish in 2012
Global marine and inland
capture fisheries production
Global aquaculture
production (excluding plants)
33.9
91.3
66.6
1.6
(in million tonnes)
2012
2012
1960
1960
PRODUCTION
THE STATE OF WORLD
FISHERIES and AQUACULTURE
People have never consumed so much fish or depended
so greatly on the sector for their well-being as they do today
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