Aquaculture Industry Profile

Report Page Length: 10-12
Last Quarterly Update: 3/25/2024
SIC Codes: 0273
NAICS Codes: 1125
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Excerpt from Aquaculture Industry Profile

Companies in this industry raise fish, shellfish, other aquatic animals, or aquatic plants. No major companies dominate the industry.

The global production of aquatic animals is expected to reach about 202 million tons in 2030, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Currently, Asian countries accounted for 70% of the total fisheries and aquaculture production of aquatic animals, followed by the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Oceania.

The US aquaculture industry has a combined annual revenue of more than $2.3 billion.

Fishing in natural aquatic habitats is covered in the Commercial Fishing profile. Processing of both farmed and wild-caught fish is covered in the Seafood Processing profile.


Demand is driven primarily by trends in fish consumption. The profitability of individual companies depends on efficient operations and protecting fish stock from death and disease. Large companies have advantages in vertically integrating operations from breeding to processing and packaging. Small farms, typically those that are family-owned, can compete effectively by specializing in unusual and high-end products or offering onsite fishing.


Key global products include carp, salmon, trout, tuna, shrimp, and mollusks such as squid, clams, and oysters. Major US products include catfish; mollusks, such as clams and oysters; and crawfish. Freshwater aquaculture products include tilapia catfish, trout, and carp, which have grown in popularity in Asia and North America, according to Research and Markets. Some farms specialize in?fee-fishing, allowing ...

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