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Screen 1: Estimated numbers of individuals in annual global aquaculture production (FAO) of fish species (2010)

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This page shows FAO reported fish aquaculture production tonnages for 2009 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 clicking on the Last page summary link above or by scrolling/paging to the bottom. The overall estimate of fish numbers is also shown there.

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LineSpeciesproduction (t)Estimated
mean
weight
(EMW)
(g)
EMW idGeneric
mean
weight
(g)
Estimated
numbers
(millions)
1Grass carp(=White amur) (Ctenopharyngodon idellus)4,337,114500-2,500EMW-871,735 - 8,674
2Silver carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix)4,116,835300-1,500EMW-1822,745 - 13,723
3Catla (Catla catla)3,869,984300-2,000EMW-431,935 - 12,900
4Common carp (Cyprinus carpio)3,444,203500-2,500EMW-571,378 - 6,888
5Bighead carp (Hypophthalmichthys nobilis)2,585,963500-1,500EMW-291,724 - 5,172
6Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus)2,538,052250-800EMW-1293,173 - 10,152
7Crucian carp (Carassius carassius)2,217,799150-400EMW-625,544 - 14,785
8Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar)1,425,9683,614-8,434EMW-21169 - 395
9Pangas catfishes nei (Pangasius spp)1,306,838500-1,500EMW-142871 - 2,614
10Freshwater fishes nei (Osteichthyes)1,266,868319-1,0611,194 - 3,969
11Roho labeo (Labeo rohita)1,167,315300-1,500EMW-167778 - 3,891
12Milkfish (Chanos chanos)808,559250-500EMW-1221,617 - 3,234
13Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)728,448210-5,000EMW-155146 - 3,469
14Wuchang bream (Megalobrama amblycephala)652,215450-500EMW-2291,304 - 1,449