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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
15Cyprinids nei (Cyprinidae)630,208319-1,061594 - 1,974
16Tilapias nei (Oreochromis(=Tilapia) spp)583,981250-800EMW-215730 - 2,336
17Marine fishes nei (Osteichthyes)468,858319-1,061442 - 1,469
18Channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus)444,937340-680EMW-45654 - 1,309
19Black carp (Mylopharyngodon piceus)424,4872,000-3,000EMW-30141 - 212
20Amur catfish (Silurus asotus)379,691319-1,061358 - 1,190
21Mrigal carp (Cirrhinus mrigala)378,622300-1,100EMW-124344 - 1,262
22Snakehead (Channa argus)376,762319-1,061355 - 1,180
23Torpedo-shaped catfishes nei (Clarias spp)353,679319-1,061333 - 1,108
24Blue-Nile tilapia,hybrid (Oreochromis aureus x O. niloticus )333,322220-220EMW-2311,515
25Asian swamp eel (Monopterus albus)272,990319-1,061257 - 855
26Japanese eel (Anguilla japonica)261,617100-250EMW-1001,046 - 2,616
27Mandarin fish (Siniperca chuatsi)252,622500-500EMW-115505
28Pond loach (Misgurnus anguillicaudatus)205,390319-1,061194 - 643
29North African catfish (Clarias gariepinus)190,861500-1,500EMW-132127 - 382
30Largemouth black bass (Micropterus salmoides)186,052680-680EMW-110274
31Yellow catfish (Pelteobagrus fulvidraco)184,28150-200EMW-230921 - 3,686
32Striped catfish (Pangasius hypophthalmus)143,751500-1,500EMW-20696 - 288
33Gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata)139,187300-400EMW-81348 - 464
34Japanese amberjack (Seriola quinqueradiata)139,0773,500-6,000EMW-9923 - 40
35Coho(=Silver)salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch)137,5101,814-5,443EMW-5625 - 76
36Flathead grey mullet (Mugil cephalus)127,880500-1,500EMW-7685 - 256
37European seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax)125,902400-500EMW-72252 - 315
38Catfish, hybrid (C.gariepinus x C.macrocephalus)116,875150-350EMW-41334 - 779
39Pirapatinga (Piaractus brachypomus)114,621500-1,000EMW-147115 - 229
40Japanese seabass (Lateolabrax japonicus)107,903500-500EMW-102216
41Silver barb (Barbonymus gonionotus)102,299100-200EMW-181511 - 1,023
42Large yellow croaker (Larimichthys croceus)85,809319-1,06181 - 269
43Groupers nei (Epinephelus spp)74,357319-1,06170 - 233
44Silver seabream (Pagrus auratus)73,924400-400EMW-184185
45Turbot (Psetta maxima)68,890700-2,000EMW-21934 - 98
46Barramundi(=Giant seaperch) (Lates calcarifer)65,857300-2,000EMW-2533 - 220
47Giant gourami (Osphronemus goramy)60,8362,000-3,000EMW-8020 - 30
48Cachama (Colossoma macropomum)60,676500-2,000EMW-4030 - 121
49Red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus)54,5361,000-1,000EMW-15655
50Orangefin labeo (Labeo calbasu)46,521319-1,06144 - 146
51Porgies, seabreams nei (Sparidae)46,490319-1,06144 - 146
52Bastard halibut (Paralichthys olivaceus)44,909800-1,500EMW-2630 - 56
53Cobia (Rachycentron canadum)40,7686,000-8,000EMW-555 - 7
54Sturgeons nei (Acipenseridae)39,313319-1,06137 - 123
55Pangas catfish (Pangasius pangasius)37,884319-1,06136 - 119
56Eastern pomfred (Schuettea scalaripinnis)34,123319-1,06132 - 107
57Snakeskin gourami (Trichogaster pectoralis)31,81380-120EMW-189265 - 398
58Mozambique tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus)30,344500-800EMW-12338 - 61
59Lefteye flounders nei (Bothidae)24,978319-1,06124 - 78
60Snubnose pompano (Trachinotus blochii)24,078319-1,06123 - 75
61Sea trout (Salmo trutta)24,017319-1,06123 - 75
62Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua)22,5582,000-5,000EMW-195 - 11
63Pacu (Piaractus mesopotamicus)22,189319-1,06121 - 70
64Tambacu, hybrid (P.mesopotamicus x C.macropomum)21,621319-1,06120 - 68
65Nilem carp (Osteochilus hasselti)21,266319-1,06120 - 67
66Korean rockfish (Sebastes schlegeli)20,918319-1,06120 - 66
67Indonesian snakehead (Channa micropeltes)20,390500-700EMW-9529 - 41
68Puffers nei (Tetraodontidae)19,953319-1,06119 - 63
69Clearhead icefish (Protosalanx hyalocranius)18,481319-1,06117 - 58
70Trouts nei (Salmo spp)17,949319-1,06117 - 56
71Chinese longsnout catfish (Leiocassis longirostris)17,100319-1,06116 - 54
72Amberjacks nei (Seriola spp)17,021319-1,06116 - 53
73Striped snakehead (Channa striata)15,289300-1,100EMW-20714 - 51
74Meagre (Argyrosomus regius)14,634319-1,06114 - 46
75Chinook(=Spring=King)salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)13,541319-1,06113 - 42
76Pond smelt (Hypomesus olidus)12,962319-1,06112 - 41
77Salmonids nei (Salmonidae)12,899319-1,06112 - 40
78Nile perch (Lates niloticus)10,907319-1,06110 - 34
79Mullets nei (Mugilidae)10,049319-1,0619 - 31
80Climbing perch (Anabas testudineus)8,757319-1,0618 - 27
81Reticulate knifefish (Papyrocranus afer)8,672319-1,0618 - 27
82Snakeheads(=Murrels) nei (Channa spp)8,608319-1,0618 - 27
83Stinging catfish (Heteropneustes fossilis)8,200319-1,0618 - 26
84Anostomoides laticeps (Anostomoides laticeps)7,228319-1,0617 - 23
85European eel (Anguilla anguilla)6,969319-1,0617 - 22
86Ayu sweetfish (Plecoglossus altivelis)6,484319-1,0616 - 20
87Philippine catfish (Clarias batrachus)6,321319-1,0616 - 20
88Osteobrama belangeri (Osteobrama belangeri)5,821319-1,0615 - 18
89Hoven's carp (Leptobarbus hoeveni)5,662319-1,0615 - 18
90Righteye flounders nei (Pleuronectidae)5,372319-1,0615 - 17
91Kissing gourami (Helostoma temminckii)5,281319-1,0615 - 17
92Prochilods nei (Prochilodus spp)5,262319-1,0615 - 16
93Greasy grouper (Epinephelus tauvina)5,166319-1,0615 - 16
94Mangrove red snapper (Lutjanus argentimaculatus)5,049319-1,0615 - 16
95Small scale mud carp (Cirrhinus microlepis)5,000319-1,0615 - 16
96Aba (Gymnarchus niloticus)4,991319-1,0615 - 16
97Blue tilapia (Oreochromis aureus)4,989500-800EMW-346 - 10
98Tambatinga, hybrid 4,916319-1,0615 - 15
99Asian redtail catfish (Mystus nemurus)4,860319-1,0615 - 15
100Tiger pufferfish 4,410319-1,0614 - 14
101Whitefishes nei (Coregonus spp)4,284319-1,0614 - 13
102Striped bass, hybrid (Morone chrysops x M. saxatilis)4,225816-816EMW-2055
103Isok barb (Probarbus jullieni)4,200319-1,0614 - 13
104Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus)4,080319-1,0614 - 13
105Grass-eaters nei (Distichodus spp)3,995319-1,0614 - 13
106Asian barbs nei (Puntius spp)3,957319-1,0614 - 12
107Three spotted tilapia (Oreochromis andersonii)3,735319-1,0614 - 12
108Mud carp (Cirrhinus molitorella)3,333319-1,0613 - 10
109Characins nei (Characidae)3,327319-1,0613 - 10
110Southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii)3,324319-1,0613 - 10
111Citharinus nei (Citharinus spp)3,271319-1,0613 - 10
112Puntius sarana (Puntius sarana)3,218319-1,0613 - 10
113Arctic char (Salvelinus alpinus)3,156319-1,0613 - 10
114Brycon cephalus (Brycon cephalus)3,096319-1,0613 - 10
115African bonytongue (Heterotis niloticus)3,016319-1,0613 - 9
116River eels nei (Anguilla spp)2,951319-1,0613 - 9
117John's snapper (Lutjanus johnii)2,930319-1,0613 - 9
118Upsidedown catfishes (Synodontis spp)2,841319-1,0613 - 9
119White trevally (Pseudocaranx dentex)2,795319-1,0613 - 9
120Blackhead seabream (Acanthopagrus schlegeli)2,618319-1,0612 - 8
121Spotted sorubim (Pseudoplatystoma corruscans)2,487319-1,0612 - 8
122Goldfish (Carassius auratus)2,221319-1,0612 - 7
123Chars nei (Salvelinus spp)2,183319-1,0612 - 7
124Pacific bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis)2,008319-1,0612 - 6
125Channa marulius (Channa marulius)1,950319-1,0612 - 6
126Roach (Rutilus rutilus)1,909319-1,0612 - 6
127Atlantic halibut (Hippoglossus hippoglossus)1,8213,000-5,000EMW-20< 1 - 1
128Netted prochilod (Prochilodus reticulatus)1,781319-1,0612 - 6
129Salmonoids nei (Salmonoidei)1,609319-1,0612 - 5
130Kafue pike (Hepsetus odoe)1,564319-1,0611 - 5
131Wels(=Som)catfish (Silurus glanis)1,563319-1,0611 - 5
132Japanese jack mackerel (Trachurus japonicus)1,478319-1,0611 - 5
133Longfin tilapia (Oreochromis macrochir)1,420319-1,0611 - 4
134Brycon hilarii (Brycon hilarii)1,366319-1,0611 - 4
135Spotted snakehead (Channa punctata)1,281319-1,0611 - 4
136South American catfish (Rhamdia sapo)1,276319-1,0611 - 4
137Tench (Tinca tinca)1,209319-1,0611 - 4
138Groupers, seabasses nei (Serranidae)1,195319-1,0611 - 4
139Marble goby (Oxyeleotris marmorata)1,094319-1,0611 - 3
140Redbreast tilapia (Tilapia rendalli)1,057319-1,0611 - 3
141Northern pike (Esox lucius)892319-1,0611 - 3
142Brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis)878319-1,0611 - 3
143Bronze featherback (Notopterus notopterus)759319-1,0611 - 2
144European whitefish (Coregonus lavaretus)749319-1,0611 - 2
145Fourfinger threadfin (Eleutheronema tetradactylum)701319-1,0611 - 2
146Pike-perch (Sander lucioperca)694319-1,0611 - 2
147Jacks, crevalles nei (Caranx spp)679319-1,0611 - 2
148Wallago (Wallago attu)676319-1,0611 - 2
149Black prochilodus 614319-1,0611 - 2
150Clown knifefish (Chitala chitala)575319-1,0611 - 2
151Brycon amazonicus 566319-1,0611 - 2
152Sobaity seabream (Sparidentex hasta)540319-1,0611 - 2
153Filefishes, leatherjackets nei (Monacanthidae)515319-1,061< 1 - 2
154Freshwater siluroids nei (Siluroidei)460319-1,061< 1 - 1
155Danube sturgeon(=Osetr) (Acipenser gueldenstaedtii)393319-1,061< 1 - 1
156European perch (Perca fluviatilis)318319-1,061< 1 - 1
157Finfishes nei (Osteichthyes)301319-1,061< 1 - 1
158Sabaki tilapia (Oreochromis spilurus)300319-1,061< 1 - 1
159Silver perch (Bidyanus bidyanus)294319-1,061< 1 - 1
160Mackerels nei (Scombridae)285319-1,061< 1 - 1
161Scorpionfishes nei (Scorpaenidae)280319-1,061< 1 - 1
162Trahira 266319-1,061< 1 - 1
163Senegalese sole (Solea senegalensis)224319-1,061< 1 - 1
164Spinefeet(=Rabbitfishes) nei (Siganus spp)223319-1,061< 1 - 1
165Blackspot(=red) seabream (Pagellus bogaraveo)214319-1,061< 1 - 1
166White sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus)200319-1,061< 1 - 1
167Black bullhead (Ameiurus melas)200319-1,061< 1 - 1
168Siberian sturgeon (Acipenser baerii)194319-1,061< 1 - 1
169Snappers nei (Lutjanus spp)191319-1,061< 1 - 1
170Labeo dussumieri (Labeo dussumieri)185319-1,061< 1 - 1
171Freshwater bream (Abramis brama)178319-1,061< 1 - 1
172Redbelly tilapia (Tilapia zillii)171319-1,061< 1 - 1
173So-iuy mullet (Mugil soiuy)165500-1,500EMW-193< 1
174Catfishes nei (Ictalurus spp)141319-1,061< 1
175Shi drum (Umbrina cirrosa)131319-1,061< 1
176Orange-spotted grouper (Epinephelus coioides)129319-1,061< 1
177Common sole (Solea solea)116319-1,061< 1
178Beluga (Huso huso)115319-1,061< 1
179Malabar grouper (Epinephelus malabaricus)112319-1,061< 1
180White seabream (Diplodus sargus)107319-1,061< 1
181Gouramis nei (Trichogaster spp)92319-1,061< 1
182White crappie (Pomoxis annularis)90319-1,061< 1
183Streaked prochilod (Prochilodus lineatus)86319-1,061< 1
184Brown-marbled grouper (Epinephelus fuscoguttatus)80319-1,061< 1
185Roaches nei (Rutilus spp)77319-1,061< 1
186Areolate grouper (Epinephelus areolatus)64319-1,061< 1
187Croakers, drums nei (Sciaenidae)60319-1,061< 1
188Algerian barb (Barbus callensis)55319-1,061< 1
189Leporinus spp 54319-1,061< 1
190American yellow perch (Perca flavescens)50227-227EMW-7< 1
191Common pandora (Pagellus erythrinus)50319-1,061< 1
192Snappers, jobfishes nei (Lutjanidae)49319-1,061< 1
193Suckermouth catfish (Hypostomus plecostomus)37319-1,061< 1
194Lebranche mullet (Mugil liza)35319-1,061< 1
195Bagrid catfish (Chrysichthys nigrodigitatus)35319-1,061< 1
196Rudd (Scardinius erythrophthalmus)35319-1,061< 1
197Spotted coralgrouper (Plectropomus maculatus)34319-1,061< 1
198Mississippi paddlefish (Polyodon spathula)24319-1,061< 1
199Pseudoplatystoma spp 23319-1,061< 1
200Adriatic sturgeon (Acipenser naccarii)21319-1,061< 1
201Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus)21319-1,061< 1
202Soles nei (Soleidae)20319-1,061< 1
203Sharpsnout seabream (Diplodus puntazzo)19319-1,061< 1
204Huchen (Hucho hucho)18319-1,061< 1
205Blackchin tilapia (Sarotherodon melanotheron)16319-1,061< 1
206Humpback grouper (Cromileptes altivelis)14319-1,061< 1
207Japanese seabream (Pagrus major)14319-1,061< 1
208Whitemouth croaker (Micropogonias furnieri)14319-1,061< 1
209Trumpet emperor (Lethrinus miniatus)14319-1,061< 1
210Sterlet sturgeon (Acipenser ruthenus)13319-1,061< 1
211Common two-banded seabream (Diplodus vulgaris)12319-1,061< 1
212Pimelodus spp 11319-1,061< 1
213Atipa (Hoplosternum littorale)10319-1,061< 1
214Arapaima (Arapaima gigas)10319-1,061< 1
215Common dentex (Dentex dentex)10319-1,061< 1
216Russell's snapper (Lutjanus russelli)10319-1,061< 1
217Rice-paddy eel (Pisodonophis boro)10319-1,061< 1
218White bream (Blicca bjoerkna)9319-1,061< 1
219Boleophthalmus pectinirostris (Boleophthalmus pectinirostris)9319-1,061< 1
220Bleak (Alburnus alburnus)6319-1,061< 1
221Marbled spinefoot (Siganus rivulatus)5319-1,061< 1
222Gobies nei (Gobiidae)5319-1,061< 1
223Goldlined seabream (Rhabdosargus sarba)4319-1,061< 1
224Mango tilapia (Sarotherodon galilaeus)4319-1,061< 1
225Asp (Aspius aspius)4319-1,061< 1
226Barred sorubim (Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum)3319-1,061< 1
227Knifefishes (Notopterus spp)3319-1,061< 1
228Chub (Leuciscus cephalus)3319-1,061< 1
229Greater amberjack (Seriola dumerili)2319-1,061< 1
230Silversides(=Sand smelts) nei (Atherinidae)1319-1,061< 1
231African catfish (Heterobranchus bidorsalis)1319-1,061< 1
232Bastard halibuts nei (Paralichthys spp)1319-1,061< 1
233Big-scale sand smelt (Atherina boyeri)1319-1,061< 1
234Crevalle jack (Caranx hippos)1319-1,061< 1
235Dorado (Salminus brasiliensis)1319-1,061< 1
236Grayling (Thymallus thymallus)1319-1,061< 1
237Ningu (Labeo victorianus)1319-1,061< 1
238Ripon barbel (Barbus altianalis)1319-1,061< 1
239Tarpon (Megalops atlanticus)1319-1,061< 1
240Blackbelt cichlid (Cichlasoma maculicauda)1319-1,061< 1
241Sargo breams nei (Diplodus spp)1319-1,061< 1
242Spotted rose snapper (Lutjanus guttatus)1319-1,061< 1
243Barbel (Barbus barbus)<1319-1,061< 1
244Danube bleak (Chalcalburnus chalcoides)<1319-1,061< 1
245Totals for all species 39,174,29736,734 - 121,757
 
Totals by estimate type:
   Single species with an EMW 32,406,298319-1,06130,537 - 101,528
   Multi species with an EMW 1,890,8191,601 - 4,950
Totals for species with an EMW 34,297,11732,138 - 106,477
Totals species without an EMW 4,877,181319-1,0614,596 - 15,280
 
Total fish production 39,174,29736,734 - 121,757
Total aqaculture production (includes shellfish) 78,943,002

Source of production tonnage : FAO FishStat "Aquaculture Production (Quantities and values) 1950-2010 (Release date: March 2012)".
Note. All species are identified on FishStat as being of the class Actinopterygii except for the following for which class is not specified: freshwater fishes nei, marine fishes nei and finfishes nei.