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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)
1Whiteleg shrimp (Penaeus vannamei)Natantia3,879,78611-26EMW-1001149,223 - 352,708
2Chinese mitten crab (Eriocheir sinensis)Brachyura823,41680-200EMW-10044,117 - 10,293
3Red swamp crawfish (Procambarus clarkii)Reptantia786,90520-32EMW-100324,591 - 39,345
4Giant tiger prawn (Penaeus monodon)Natantia713,31820-60EMW-100211,889 - 35,666
5Oriental river prawn (Macrobrachium nipponense)Natantia265,06110-30EMW-10058,835 - 26,506
6Indo-Pacific swamp crab (Scylla serrata)Brachyura223,55550-1,000EMW-1007224 - 4,471
7Giant river prawn (Macrobrachium rosenbergii)Natantia213,95810-30EMW-10067,132 - 21,396
8Portunus swimcrabs nei (Portunus spp)Brachyura117,77271-241488 - 1,661
9Penaeus shrimps nei (Penaeus spp)Natantia111,3898-60EMW-10091,856 - 13,924
10Kuruma prawn (Penaeus japonicus)Natantia47,72617-25EMW-10101,917 - 2,858
11Fleshy prawn (Penaeus chinensis)Natantia44,81212-291,567 - 3,845
12Metapenaeus shrimps nei (Metapenaeus spp)Natantia43,39512-291,518 - 3,723
13Banana prawn (Penaeus merguiensis)Natantia25,57712-29895 - 2,195
14Freshwater prawns, shrimps nei (Palaemonidae)Natantia24,89812-29871 - 2,136
15Marine crabs nei (Brachyura)Brachyura14,84671-24162 - 209
16Indian white prawn (Penaeus indicus)Natantia4,2198-20EMW-1013211 - 527
17Speckled shrimp (Metapenaeus monoceros)Natantia3,06312-29107 - 263
18Orange mud crab (Scylla olivacea)Brachyura2,83571-24112 - 40
19Blue shrimp (Penaeus stylirostris)Natantia2,13212-2975 - 183
20Tropical spiny lobsters nei (Panulirus spp)Reptantia1,56720-3249 - 78
21Red claw crayfish (Cherax quadricarinatus)Reptantia21620-327 - 11
22Palaemonid shrimps nei (Palaemonidae)Natantia18312-296 - 16
23Greasyback shrimp (Metapenaeus ensis)Natantia16812-296 - 14
24Monsoon river prawn (Macrobrachium malcolmsonii)Natantia14912-295 - 13
25Danube crayfish (Astacus leptodactylus)Reptantia14420-324 - 7
26Marron crayfish (Cherax tenuimanus)Reptantia6920-322 - 3
27Mud spiny lobster (Panulirus polyphagus)Reptantia4920-322
28Yabby crayfish (Cherax destructor)Reptantia3420-321 - 2
29Sawtooth caridina (Caridina denticulata)Natantia3312-291 - 3
30Blue swimming crab (Portunus pelagicus)Brachyura3071-241< 1
31Atlantic ditch shrimp (Palaemonetes varians)Natantia2312-291 - 2
32Caribbean spiny lobster (Panulirus argus)Reptantia820-32< 1
33Euro-American crayfishes nei (Astacidae, Cambaridae)Reptantia520-32< 1
34Green crab (Carcinus maenas)Brachyura371-241< 1
35River prawns nei (Macrobrachium spp)Natantia312-29< 1
36Caramote prawn (Penaeus kerathurus)Natantia112-29< 1
37Noble crayfish (Astacus astacus)Reptantia120-32< 1
38Monkey river prawn (Macrobrachium lar)Natantia112-29< 1
39Natantian decapods nei (Natantia)Natantia<112-29< 1
40Common prawn (Palaemon serratus)Natantia<112-29< 1
41Redtail prawn (Penaeus penicillatus)Natantia<112-29< 1
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)".