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Screen 1: Estimated numbers of individuals in annual global aquaculture production (FAO) of decapod species (2015)

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This page shows FAO reported fish aquaculture production tonnages for 2015 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 scrolling to the bottom. The overall estimate of fish numbers is also shown there.

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LineSpeciesClassproduction (t)Estimated
mean
weight
(EMW)
(g)
EMW idGeneric
mean
weight
(g)
Estimated
numbers
(millions)
1Atlantic ditch shrimp (Palaemonetes varians)Natantia2312-291 - 2
2Banana prawn (Penaeus merguiensis)Natantia25,57712-29895 - 2,195
3Blue shrimp (Penaeus stylirostris)Natantia2,13212-2975 - 183
4Blue swimming crab (Portunus pelagicus)Brachyura3071-241< 1
5Caramote prawn (Penaeus kerathurus)Natantia112-29< 1
6Caribbean spiny lobster (Panulirus argus)Reptantia820-32< 1
7Chinese mitten crab (Eriocheir sinensis)Brachyura823,41680-200EMW-10044,117 - 10,293
8Common prawn (Palaemon serratus)Natantia<112-29< 1
9Danube crayfish (Astacus leptodactylus)Reptantia14420-324 - 7
10Euro-American crayfishes nei (Astacidae, Cambaridae)Reptantia520-32< 1
11Fleshy prawn (Penaeus chinensis)Natantia44,81212-291,567 - 3,845
12Freshwater prawns, shrimps nei (Palaemonidae)Natantia24,89812-29871 - 2,136
13Giant river prawn (Macrobrachium rosenbergii)Natantia213,95810-30EMW-10067,132 - 21,396
14Giant tiger prawn (Penaeus monodon)Natantia713,31820-60EMW-100211,889 - 35,666
15Greasyback shrimp (Metapenaeus ensis)Natantia16812-296 - 14
16Green crab (Carcinus maenas)Brachyura371-241< 1
17Indian white prawn (Penaeus indicus)Natantia4,2198-20EMW-1013211 - 527
18Indo-Pacific swamp crab (Scylla serrata)Brachyura223,55550-1,000EMW-1007224 - 4,471
19Kuruma prawn (Penaeus japonicus)Natantia47,72617-25EMW-10101,917 - 2,858
20Marine crabs nei (Brachyura)Brachyura14,84671-24162 - 209
21Marron crayfish (Cherax tenuimanus)Reptantia6920-322 - 3
22Metapenaeus shrimps nei (Metapenaeus spp)Natantia43,39512-291,518 - 3,723
23Monkey river prawn (Macrobrachium lar)Natantia112-29< 1
24Monsoon river prawn (Macrobrachium malcolmsonii)Natantia14912-295 - 13
25Mud spiny lobster (Panulirus polyphagus)Reptantia4920-322
26Natantian decapods nei (Natantia)Natantia<112-29< 1
27Noble crayfish (Astacus astacus)Reptantia120-32< 1
28Orange mud crab (Scylla olivacea)Brachyura2,83571-24112 - 40
29Oriental river prawn (Macrobrachium nipponense)Natantia265,06110-30EMW-10058,835 - 26,506
30Palaemonid shrimps nei (Palaemonidae)Natantia18312-296 - 16
31Penaeus shrimps nei (Penaeus spp)Natantia111,3898-60EMW-10091,856 - 13,924
32Portunus swimcrabs nei (Portunus spp)Brachyura117,77271-241488 - 1,661
33Red claw crayfish (Cherax quadricarinatus)Reptantia21620-327 - 11
34Red swamp crawfish (Procambarus clarkii)Reptantia786,90520-32EMW-100324,591 - 39,345
35Redtail prawn (Penaeus penicillatus)Natantia<112-29< 1
36River prawns nei (Macrobrachium spp)Natantia312-29< 1
37Sawtooth caridina (Caridina denticulata)Natantia3312-291 - 3
38Speckled shrimp (Metapenaeus monoceros)Natantia3,06312-29107 - 263
39Tropical spiny lobsters nei (Panulirus spp)Reptantia1,56720-3249 - 78
40Whiteleg shrimp (Penaeus vannamei)Natantia3,879,78611-26EMW-1001149,223 - 352,708
41Yabby crayfish (Cherax destructor)Reptantia3420-321 - 2
42Totals for all species 7,351,350215,673 - 522,102
 
Single species with an EMW:
Brachyura1,046,97171-2414,341 - 14,764
Natantia5,124,06712-29179,206 - 439,661
Reptantia786,90520-3224,591 - 39,345
All classes6,957,94314-33208,138 - 493,770
Multi species with an EMW:
Natantia111,3891,856 - 13,924
All classes111,3891,856 - 13,924
All species with an EMW:
All classes7,069,333209,994 - 507,693
Species without an EMW:
Brachyura135,48771-241562 - 1,911
Natantia144,43812-295,051 - 12,393
Reptantia2,09320-3265 - 105
All classes282,0175,679 - 14,408
 
Total decapod crustacean production
    True crabs Brachyura1,182,4584,902 - 16,674
    Shrimps and prawns Natantia5,379,894186,114 - 465,978
    Crayfish and lobsters Reptantia788,99824,656 - 39,450
All classes7,351,350215,673 - 522,102
Total crustacean production All classes7,351,350
Total aqaculture production (includes fish) 106,004,184

Source of production tonnage : FAO FishStat "Aquaculture Production (Quantities and values) 1950-2015 (Release date: 7th March 2017)".