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Estimated numbers of individuals in global aquaculture production (FAO) of decapod species (2016)

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This page shows aquaculture production tonnages (FAO) for decapod species in 2016, together with estimated mean weights (EMWs) and estimated decapod numbers.
Farmed decapod numbers killed for food in 2016 are estimated to total 230,105-550,310 million, or 230-550 billion, individuals.
This includes 5-15 billion crabs; 28-45 billion crayfish and lobsters and 197-490 billion shrimps and prawns.

Scroll to the end to see the totals and footnotes. Click on the 'EMW id' for details on derivation of estimated mean weight using methods in Note 2 below.
LineSpeciesDecapod groupProduction (t)1Estimated
EMW id2Estimated
1Whiteleg shrimp (Penaeus vannamei)Natantia4,132,96311-26EMW-1001158,960 - 375,724
2Red swamp crawfish (Procambarus clarkii)Reptantia894,70920-32EMW-100327,960 - 44,735
3Chinese mitten crab (Eriocheir sinensis)Brachyura748,80580-200EMW-10043,744 - 9,360
4Giant tiger prawn (Penaeus monodon)Natantia705,17720-60EMW-100211,753 - 35,259
5Giant river prawn (Macrobrachium rosenbergii)Natantia250,89010-30EMW-10068,363 - 25,089
6Oriental river prawn (Macrobrachium nipponense)Natantia238,41310-30EMW-10057,947 - 23,841
7Green mud crab (Scylla paramamosain)Brachyura146,189Not specifically estimated4 
8Portunus swimcrabs nei (Portunus spp)Brachyura123,154Not specifically estimated4 
9Penaeus shrimps nei (Penaeus spp)Natantia99,6788-60EMW-10091,661 - 12,460
10Indo-Pacific swamp crab (Scylla serrata)Brachyura93,21850-1,000EMW-100793 - 1,864
11Kuruma prawn (Penaeus japonicus)Natantia56,83517-25EMW-10102,283 - 3,403
12Metapenaeus shrimps nei (Metapenaeus spp)Natantia46,811Not specifically estimated4 
13Freshwater prawns, shrimps nei (Palaemonidae)Natantia40,791Not specifically estimated4 
14Fleshy prawn (Penaeus chinensis)Natantia39,011Not specifically estimated4 
15Banana prawn (Penaeus merguiensis)Natantia27,204Not specifically estimated4 
16Orange mud crab (Scylla olivacea)Brachyura16,311Not specifically estimated4 
17Marine crabs nei (Brachyura)Brachyura13,824Not specifically estimated4 
18Indian white prawn (Penaeus indicus)Natantia5,2028-20EMW-1013260 - 650
19Speckled shrimp (Metapenaeus monoceros)Natantia3,806Not specifically estimated4 
20Blue shrimp (Penaeus stylirostris)Natantia2,402Not specifically estimated4 
21Tropical spiny lobsters nei (Panulirus spp)Reptantia1,619Not specifically estimated4 
22Red claw crayfish (Cherax quadricarinatus)Reptantia306Not specifically estimated4 
23Palaemonid shrimps nei (Palaemonidae)Natantia162Not specifically estimated4 
24Monsoon river prawn (Macrobrachium malcolmsonii)Natantia154Not specifically estimated4 
25Greasyback shrimp (Metapenaeus ensis)Natantia150Not specifically estimated4 
26Danube crayfish (Astacus leptodactylus)Reptantia140Not specifically estimated4 
27Hairy marron crayfish (Cherax tenuimanus)Reptantia60Not specifically estimated4 
28Mud spiny lobster (Panulirus polyphagus)Reptantia59Not specifically estimated4 
29Mediterranean shore crab (Carcinus aestuarii)Brachyura29Not specifically estimated4 
30Blue swimming crab (Portunus pelagicus)Brachyura29Not specifically estimated4 
31Atlantic ditch shrimp (Palaemonetes varians)Natantia23Not specifically estimated4 
32Yabby crayfish (Cherax destructor)Reptantia20Not specifically estimated4 
33Sawtooth caridina (Caridina denticulata)Natantia16Not specifically estimated4 
34Caribbean spiny lobster (Panulirus argus)Reptantia8Not specifically estimated4 
35Euro-American crayfishes nei (Astacidae, Cambaridae)Reptantia6Not specifically estimated4 
36Natantian decapods nei (Natantia)Natantia3Not specifically estimated4 
37Noble crayfish (Astacus astacus)Reptantia2Not specifically estimated4 
38River prawns nei (Macrobrachium spp)Natantia<1Not specifically estimated4 
39Caramote prawn (Penaeus kerathurus)Natantia<1Not specifically estimated4 
40Monkey river prawn (Macrobrachium lar)Natantia<1Not specifically estimated4 
41Green crab (Carcinus maenas)Brachyura<1Not specifically estimated4 
42Total for all decapod species7,688,180See totals below
Totals by estimate typeDecapod groupProduction (t)Percent of
Single species with an EMW:
    True crabsBrachyura842,0231175-2193,837 - 11,224
    Shrimps and prawnsNatantia5,389,4817012-28189,566 - 463,967
    Crayfish and lobstersReptantia894,7091220-3227,960 - 44,735
All decapods7,126,2139314-32221,363 - 519,927
Multi species with an EMW:
    Shrimps and prawnsNatantia99,67811,661 - 12,460
All decapods99,67811,661 - 12,460
All species with an EMW:
All decapods7,225,89094223,024 - 532,386
Species without an EMW4:
    True crabsBrachyura299,537475-2191,365 - 3,993
    Shrimps and prawnsNatantia160,533212-285,646 - 13,820
    Crayfish and lobstersReptantia2,220<120-3269 - 111
All decapods462,29067,081 - 17,924
Total decapod crustacean production
    True crabsBrachyura1,141,560155,202 - 15,217
    Shrimps and prawnsNatantia5,649,69173196,874 - 490,246
    Crayfish and lobstersReptantia896,9291228,029 - 44,846
All decapods7,688,180100230,105 - 550,310
Total crustacean production All crustaceans7,688,202
Total aquaculture production (includes fishes) 108,129,956

Estimated by A Mood and P Brooke, Sep 2019

1. Source of production tonnage: FAO FishStat "Aquaculture Production (Quantities and values) 1950-2017 (Release date: 25th March 2019)".
2. Source of estimated mean weights (EMWs) : as described in our earlier estimate for fishes, see Estimating the Number of Farmed Fish Killed in Global Aquaculture Each Year.
3. The estimated numbers are calculated as the production tonnage divided by estimated mean weight (EMW) where a mean weight has been estimated for the species category.
4. The decapod numbers for species without an estimated mean weight (EMW) have not been estimated for each individual species. Total numbers for such species combined are estimated from
the generic estimated mean weight (GEMW)5, as described for our earlier estimate (note 2).
5. The generic estimated mean weight (GEMW) is obtained as the total tonnage for single-species categories with an estimated mean weight (EMW) divided by the total estimated numbers for these species.   In other words, it is assumed that the mean weight of decapods for species without an EMW is equal to the overall mean weight of decapods for single-species categories with an EMW.