The total fish production reached 1.82m tonnes in 2017, compared to 1.71m tonnes in 2016, which is an increase of 6.8%, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics’ (CAPMAS) annual bulletin of fish production statistics for 2017.
The CAPMAS stated that the aquaculture production came at the first rank as it accounted for 79.2%, followed by Lack Fish production by 10.1%, then salt water production by 6.0%, fresh water with 4.3%, and finally rice fields with 0.4% of the total fish production.
The CAPMAS explained that this is due to an increase in the volume of aquaculture. It reported, “The amount of fish production in aquaculture reached 1.44m tonnes in 2017, compared to 1.36m tonnes in 2016, which is an increase of 6.4% over the previous year.”
It further explained that the bone fish came at the first rank in fish production representing 97.3%, followed by crustaceans and other varieties by 1.1% for each, followed by lungs fishes by 0.3%, then cartilage fish and molluscs by 0.2% of the total fish production.
Notably, this rise also took place as the Egyptian government exerted efforts to decrease fish imports and begin exporting fish by inaugurating major comprehensive fish projects in 2017.
Moreover, concerning 2018, according to the General Authority for Fish Resources Development’s statistics in 2018, the total fish production in Egypt was 1.71m tonnes where 1.4m tonnes were produced through aquaculture.