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Screen 1: Estimated numbers of individuals in annual global capture tonnage (FAO) of fish species (1999-2007)

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This page shows FAO reported annual capture tonnages (averaged for 1999-2007) by species category together with the estimated mean weight (EMW)(obtained in this study) and estimated fish numbers. For species categories where no EMW was obtained, a generic mean weight was used to estimate numbers. Derivation of these generic mean weights are shown in the totals section, obtained by clicking on the Last page summary link above or by scrolling/paging to the bottom. The overall estimate of fish numbers is also shown there.

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LineSpeciesClassCapture (t)Estimated
mean
weight
(EMW)
(g)
EMW idGeneric
mean
weight
(g)
Estimated
numbers
(millions)
14European pilchard(=Sardine) (Sardina pilchardus)Actinopterygii1,049,68069-127EMW-2308,254 - 15,257
15Capelin (Mallotus villosus)Actinopterygii1,034,61517-50EMW-21020,692 - 61,003
16Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua)Actinopterygii898,998800-4,000EMW-55225 - 1,124
17Sardinellas nei (Sardinella spp)Actinopterygii821,6697-224EMW-3073,675 - 124,169
18Croakers, drums nei Actinopterygii657,15431-798,269 - 21,219
19European sprat (Sprattus sprattus)Actinopterygii652,62117-17EMW-23339,219
20Atlantic mackerel (Scomber scombrus)Actinopterygii650,054389-454EMW-621,432 - 1,671
21European anchovy (Engraulis encrasicolus)Actinopterygii598,2488-38EMW-22815,743 - 73,676
22Sandeels(=Sandlances) nei (Ammodytes spp)Actinopterygii530,82310-10EMW-30653,082
23California pilchard (Sardinops sagax)Actinopterygii516,144120-183EMW-2002,820 - 4,301
24Gulf menhaden (Brevoortia patronus)Actinopterygii513,153234-234EMW-2492,197
25Threadfin breams nei Actinopterygii503,57631-796,336 - 16,260
26Round sardinella (Sardinella aurita)Actinopterygii445,777100-100EMW-3044,458
27Seerfishes nei Actinopterygii439,84731-795,534 - 14,202