Fisheries - Taking Stock


Most of fish consumed in the world today isn’t caught by fishers, but comes from fish farms. That doesn’t mean that the fishing industry is disappearing. For a start, fish farms couldn’t exist without the feed supplied by the world’s fishing fleets, and for millions of people fish is a major source of protein. The amount of fish being caught is not declining either. Yet behind the global figures lies a complex set of trends. Catches are maintained by switching to new species as traditional ones become overfished. Modern boats need far fewer crew. And in many countries, sports fishing is more important economically than professional fishing.

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Chapter 3 summarises the state of the industry today, looking at capture fisheries and aquaculture, as well as recreational fishing .


World fish production by capture fisheries and aquaculture

(Million tonnes)

Source: Globalisation in Fisheries and Aquaculture: Opportunities and Challenges, based on FAO Fishery Statistics.  StatLink:

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