Earth System Trend

Shrimp Aquaculture

UNIT: Million tonnes

Aquaculture is an indicator of how coasts are changing. Mangroves and other natural protective sea barriers are being replaced with vast stretches of aquaculture. Around 89% of world aquaculture is in Asia, and this is dominated by China.

Graph Caption: Global aquaculture shrimp production (the sum of 25 cultured shrimp species) as a proxy for coastal zone modification.
Source: Data is from the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department online database FishstatJ (FAO 2013).

Caption: Bac Lieu Province, Vietnam
Credit: Google/Landsat 7, NASA