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

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Summary for United Kingdom (2017)
TotalProduction (t)Percent of total
fish production %
Estimated Numbers
All species with an EMW
(Estimated mean weight)
        202,74999 28 - 77
All species without an EMW          1,1721Not estimated
Total fish production        203,922100
out of total aquaculture production        222,434


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Data for United Kingdom (2017)
SpeciesProduction (t)1Estimated
mean weight2,5
(EMW) g
EMW id2Estimated
Atlantic salmon        189,7073,614-8,43421 22 - 52
Rainbow trout         13,041530-2,429155 5 - 25
Salmonids nei            623 Not estimated4
Sea trout            260 Not estimated4
Freshwater fishes nei            194 Not estimated4
Marine fishes nei             77 Not estimated4
Arctic char             15 Not estimated4
Cyprinids nei              3 Not estimated4
Nile tilapia              1250-800129 <1
Totals by estimate type:
Production (t)Percent of
total fish
production %
Estimated Numbers
   Single species with an EMW         202,74999 28 - 77
Totals for species with an EMW        202,74999 28 - 77
Totals for species without EMW          1,1721 Not estimated4
Total fish production        203,922100
out of total aquaculture production        222,434

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.