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Estimated numbers of individuals in average annual fish capture (FAO) by country fishing fleets (2007 - 2016)

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Summary for South Africa (2007-2016)
TotalCapture (t)Percent of total
fish capture %
Estimated numbers
(millions)
All fish species with an EMW
(Estimated Mean Weight)
        558,83697 7,677 - 29,560
Total fish capture        578,239100
out of total fisheries capture        600,942
   

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This page shows FAO reported fish capture tonnages (by fishing fleets of the selected country above for the year shown)
by species category together with the estimated mean weight (EMW) (obtained in fishcount study) and estimated fish numbers based on that EMW.

Data for South Africa (2007-2016)
SpeciesClassCapture (t)Estimated
mean weight
(EMW) (g)
EMW idEstimated numbers
(millions)
Southern African anchovyActinopterygii        215,4118-38EMW-325 5,669 - 26,528
Cape hakesActinopterygii        130,537465-2,030EMW-208 64 - 281
Southern African pilchardActinopterygii        101,578120-183EMW-326 555 - 846
Whitehead's round herringActinopterygii         50,85729-40EMW-340 1,277 - 1,741
Cape horse mackerelActinopterygii         27,778291EMW-209 96
SnoekActinopterygii          8,7542,289EMW-400 4
Devil anglerfishActinopterygii          7,203 Not estimated
Marine fishes neiMixed          5,497 Not estimated
Silver scabbardfishActinopterygii          4,9461,000-2,300EMW-315 2 - 5
AlbacoreActinopterygii          3,7144,540-21,364EMW-7 <1 - 1
KingklipActinopterygii          3,1103,300-4,500EMW-3741
Atlantic pomfretActinopterygii          2,925737-1,260EMW-65 2 - 4
Cape doryActinopterygii          1,244 Not estimated
Panga seabreamActinopterygii          1,033 Not estimated
Yellowfin tunaActinopterygii          1,0205,000-20,000EMW-345 <1
Blackbelly rosefishActinopterygii            971218-284EMW-138 3 - 4
Atlantic chub mackerelActinopterygii            929100-750EMW-483 1 - 9
Freshwater fishes neiMixed            900 Not estimated
Shortfin makoElasmobranchii            85960,000-135,000EMW-398 <1
Hector's lanternfishActinopterygii            738 Not estimated
Cape elephantfishHolocephali            7221,155-1,575EMW-206 <1 - 1
Mullets neiActinopterygii            65520-2,000EMW-278 <1 - 32
Yellowtail amberjackActinopterygii            5664,397-15,000EMW-347 <1
Cape gurnardActinopterygii            499436EMW-207 1
Sharks rays skates etc. neiElasmobranchii            491 Not estimated
Bigeye tunaActinopterygii            48115,000-20,000EMW-114 <1
Carpenter seabreamActinopterygii            454 Not estimated
Blue sharkElasmobranchii            44614,412-16,562EMW-156 <1
SwordfishActinopterygii            42731,000-60,000EMW-333 <1
Southern meagre(=Mulloway)Actinopterygii            383 Not estimated
Mud soleActinopterygii            344 Not estimated
Geelbek croakerActinopterygii            34211,000EMW-240<1
Rays stingrays mantas neiElasmobranchii            318 Not estimated
Cape bonnetmouthActinopterygii            30366-324EMW-205 1 - 5
Patagonian toothfishActinopterygii            2999,000-10,000EMW-295 <1
Daggerhead breams neiActinopterygii            248 Not estimated
Tope sharkElasmobranchii            23525,000EMW-446<1
Porgies seabreams neiActinopterygii            203 Not estimated
Smooth-hound Elasmobranchii            1814,508-19,539EMW-477 <1
Alfonsinos neiActinopterygii             87596-3,239EMW-10 <1
White stumpnoseActinopterygii             77 Not estimated
Santer seabreamActinopterygii             73 Not estimated
Antarctic toothfishActinopterygii             6728,000EMW-30<1
OilfishActinopterygii             44 Not estimated
Copper sharkElasmobranchii             42 Not estimated
Southern bluefin tunaActinopterygii             377,000-28,333EMW-328 <1
Groupers seabasses neiActinopterygii             34 Not estimated
Requiem sharks neiElasmobranchii             26 Not estimated
Grenadiers neiActinopterygii             20 Not estimated
Tuna-like fishes neiActinopterygii             1754-180,000EMW-337 <1
BluefishActinopterygii             121,943EMW-162<1
Common dolphinfishActinopterygii             1128,000EMW-219<1
Orange roughyActinopterygii             101,500EMW-381<1
Canary drum(=Baardman)Actinopterygii             102,400EMW-203<1
Black marlinActinopterygii              985,000-90,000EMW-129 <1
TonguefishesActinopterygii              7 Not estimated
Blue marlinActinopterygii              6180,000EMW-154<1
Skipjack tunaActinopterygii              62,000-10,000EMW-317 <1
Broadnose sevengill sharkElasmobranchii              622,613EMW-186<1
Black musselcrackerActinopterygii              6 Not estimated
Marlinssailfishesetc. neiActinopterygii              5 Not estimated
Narrow-barred Spanish mackerelActinopterygii              45,750-5,900EMW-279 <1
Blue antimoraActinopterygii              487-116EMW-150 <1
Grunts sweetlips neiActinopterygii              3 Not estimated
Red steenbrasActinopterygii              2 Not estimated
Sharptooth houndsharkElasmobranchii              2 Not estimated
Emperors(=Scavengers) neiActinopterygii              2 Not estimated
Cape fatheadActinopterygii              2 Not estimated
Snappers jobfishes neiActinopterygii              2 Not estimated
ThresherElasmobranchii              2113,500EMW-443<1
John doryActinopterygii              21,400EMW-373<1
Striped marlinActinopterygii              156,750-113,500EMW-445 <1
Indo-Pacific sailfishActinopterygii              113,640-27,270EMW-255 <1
Pacific chub mackerelActinopterygii              1100-750EMW-215 <1
Scorpionfishes redfishes neiActinopterygii              1 Not estimated
Crocodile icefishes neiActinopterygii              <1 Not estimated
Moray cods neiActinopterygii              <1 Not estimated
Jack and horse mackerels neiActinopterygii              <111-1,000EMW-256 <1
 
Totals by estimate type:
ClassCapture (t)Percent of total
fish capture %
Estimated numbers
(millions)
   Single species with an EMW
   Actinopterygii        425,08874 7,612 - 29,246
   Elasmobranchii          1,729<1<1
   Holocephali            722<1 <1 - 1
   All classes        427,53974 7,613 - 29,247
   Multi species with an EMW
   Actinopterygii        131,29723 65 - 313
   All classes        131,29723 65 - 313
Totals for species with an EMWAll Classes        558,83697 7,677 - 29,560
   Species without an EMW
   Actinopterygii         12,1272 Not estimated
   Elasmobranchii            879<1 Not estimated
   Mixed          6,3971 Not estimated
Totals for species without EMWAll classes         19,4033 Not estimated
Total fish capture        578,239100
out of total fisheries capture        600,942
   Source of production tonnage : FAO FishStat "Capture Production 1950-2016 (Release Date: 15th March 2018)".