Estimated annual global capture of Yellowfin tuna
used for reduction to fishmeal & fish oil (2007-2016)

This table shows estimated average capture of Yellowfin tuna caught each year (2007-2016) for reduction to fish oil and meal.
Total estimated capture tonnage for all species caught for reduction can be viewed here


Data for Yellowfin tuna (2007-2016)
FAO Species CategoryRegionTotal
Percentage of capture
used for reduction to
fish meal & oil
(if available)2
percentage of capture
used for reduction to
fish meal & oil
capture for
Yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares)Oceania62,817222213,820
Yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares)Middle East66,12110106,612
Yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares)Other Asia549,614000
Yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares)South & Central America271,783000
Yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares)Europe126,643000
Yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares)China76,17500
Yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares)Africa65,78500
Yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares)North America22,70400
Yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares)Other3,12300
Yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares)CIS2900
Total1,244,794 20,432

1. Source of capture tonnage : Reference 1 (below).
2. (a) The capture tonnage used for reduction (except for Norway pout) is estimated using the proportions of total capture used for reduction for each of the top 20 capture species in nine geographical regions for 2007-2011 obtained from Reference 2 (below). For any regions where this is not available, the lowest proportion for the species in any region is used. In this way, column 5 is derived from column 4.
    (b) The capture tonnage used for reduction for Norway pout is assumed to equal total capture based on Reference 3 (below).

1. FAO FishStat 'Capture Production 1950-2016 (Release Date: 15th March 2018).'
2. Assessing Environmental Sustainability And Value Addition Opportunities For By-Products From Aquaculture (2014). Appendix 1. Richard Newton
3. "Fishsource Norway pout: North Sea, Skagerrak and Kattegat". Accessed at on 24.05.2019