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Estimated numbers of individuals in aquaculture production (FAO) of fish species (2017)

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Summary for France (2017)
TotalProduction (t)Percent of total
fish production %
Estimated Numbers
All species with an EMW
(Estimated mean weight)
         34,30083 20 - 66
All species without an EMW          6,79017Not estimated
Total fish production         41,090100
out of total aquaculture production        166,000


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Data for France (2017)
SpeciesProduction (t)1Estimated
mean weight2,5
(EMW) g
EMW id2Estimated
Rainbow trout         26,100556-2,528155 10 - 47
Common carp          4,000500-2,50057 2 - 8
European seabass          2,200400-50072 4 - 6
Roach          1,900 Not estimated4
Gilthead seabream          1,400300-40081 4 - 5
Sea trout          1,000 Not estimated4
Tench            900 Not estimated4
Meagre            600 Not estimated4
Salmonoids nei            550 Not estimated4
Freshwater fishes nei            500 Not estimated4
Sturgeons nei            450 Not estimated4
Turbot            300700-2,000219 <1
Atlantic salmon            3003,614-8,43421 <1
Cyprinids nei            300 Not estimated4
Senegalese sole            260 Not estimated4
Wels(=Som) catfish            200 Not estimated4
Finfishes nei            130 Not estimated4
Totals by estimate type:
Production (t)Percent of
total fish
production %
Estimated Numbers
   Single species with an EMW          34,30083 20 - 66
Totals for species with an EMW         34,30083 20 - 66
Totals for species without EMW          6,79017 Not estimated4
Total fish production         41,090100
out of total aquaculture production        166,000

Estimated by A Mood and P Brooke, Sep 2019.   Updated Nov 2019 for Rainbow trout, see note 5 below.

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 for our earlier estimate, 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.
4. The fish numbers for species without an estimated mean weight (EMW) have not been estimated for each individual species or country.
5. For rainbow trout, a weighted estimated mean weight has been used based on the proporation of small rainbow trout (< 1200g) and large rainbow trout (> 1200g) produced in the country, if available. See FEAP data.
(The estimated mean weight (EMW) for rainbow trout is 210-5000g and the EMWs for small and large rainbow trout are therefore respectively 210-1200g and 1200-5000g.)
Global estimated numbers for rainbow trout based on these weighted estimated mean weights total 268-3072 million individuals as compared to 162-3865 million based on the (unweighted) estimated mean weight of 210-5000g.