Earth System Trend

Marine Fish Capture

UNIT: Million tonnes

For many decades marine fish capture increased dramatically with an average growth rate greater than population growth. It has leveled off in the last decade, but this is largely because fish stocks are depleted. The industry is shifting to aquaculture.

Graph Caption: Global marine fishes capture production (the sum of coastal, demersal and pelagic marine fish species only), i.e., it does not include mammals, molluscs, crustaceans, plants etc. There are no FAO data available prior to 1950.
Source: Data is from the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department online database (FAO-FIGIS 2013).

Caption: Fisheries around Iceland