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Fish Consumption by Country 2024

Fish and seafood are popular all over the world in nearly every culture. But, as the numbers show, there are some significant differences between nations and regions.

Overall, China is by far the world's largest consumer of fish, with 57,474.57 tons annually. That's more than four times greater than the next biggest, Indonesia, at 12,154.53 tons, with India close behind at 11,016.58 tons. The United States takes fourth place with 7,544.27 tons, and Japan rounds out the top five with 5,842.97 tons.

Country
All Fish and Seafood
China57,475
Indonesia12,155
India11,017
United States7,544
Japan5,843
Bangladesh4,399
Vietnam3,850
Philippines3,185
Russia3,169
South Korea2,834

However, looking at the amount of fish consumed per person can provide a different picture that levels the playing field between large and small nations. The island nation of Iceland leads the pack by this metric with 90.59 kilograms of seafood per capita per year. Another country of islands, the Maldives, takes second place with 83.09 kilograms per person. Kiribati and Macau are essentially tied for third with approximately 73 kilograms per capita per year. Among the top 10 per capita fish-consuming nations, seven are islands, and five are located in the Asia-Pacific region.

Residents of countries consume nearly no fish or seafood. Afghanistan sits at the bottom of the list, with barely a third of a pound per capita per year. Ethiopia and Mongolia aren't much better, at just over half a pound per person. The central Asian nations of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan are the fourth and fifth lowest, at two-thirds of a pound and just over a pound per capita, respectively. Other than Pakistan, Guinea-Bissau, and Sudan, the bottom ten fish-consuming nations per capita are landlocked or otherwise cut off from the world's oceans.

There are also some notable differences between freshwater fish consumption and marine (or saltwater) fish consumption. The most freshwater fish per capita is consumed in Cambodia (33.12 kilograms per person per year), Myanmar (31.88 kilograms), Laos (24.04), and Bangladesh (22.41.) Per capita, marine fish consumption is highest in Micronesia and Saint Kitts and Nevis, both of which sit around 25.7 kilograms per year. Antigua and Barbuda is close behind at 24.9 kilograms per capita per year.

Notes:
- Total consumption is shown in thousands of tons (1000t). Per capita values are displayed in kilograms per capita per year (kg/capita/yr) 2020.
- Values shown for China include mainland China only, as values for Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan are shown separately.

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Country
All Fish and Seafood (1000 tons)
All Fish and Seafood per Capita (kg)
Demersal Fish (kg)
Freshwater Fish (kg)
Marine Fish (kg)
Pelagic Fish (kg)
Iceland3190.5920.879.9543.88
Maldives4583.090.470.520.9175.80
Kiribati973.2915.400.033.8453.56
Macau4873.181.8117.0112.402.34
Hong Kong49365.825.6512.8913.652.94
Portugal61159.9531.784.012.215.87
Seychelles656.7610.600.501.9633.83
South Korea2,83455.2717.422.010.2814.83
Malaysia1,77154.7011.896.369.2118.64
Antigua and Barbuda554.053.741.1524.9210.52
Nauru151.032.120.039.2439.63
Norway27250.1822.8210.600.055.76
Samoa947.630.220.453.2536.31
Micronesia547.380.050.0525.7520.94
French Polynesia1347.241.171.4213.2925.67
Japan5,84346.206.635.115.1813.98
Cambodia76545.750.0433.126.660.41
Myanmar2,45045.0231.8812.780.27
Indonesia12,15544.445.8019.722.7311.07
Barbados1242.861.350.9512.1625.56
Spain1,90940.8213.113.030.6912.12
China57,47539.913.2817.281.670.33
Vietnam3,85039.560.3417.827.412.82
Saint Kitts and Nevis238.842.360.9525.702.80
Grenada433.833.030.677.0321.46
Saint Lucia633.620.450.979.9216.91
Finland18533.453.1217.601.229.65
France2,16933.2311.834.290.117.22
Lithuania9033.040.991.6727.97
Sweden32532.189.128.720.705.30
Luxembourg2031.698.357.321.484.51
Taiwan70929.764.976.801.993.08
Fiji2729.662.990.424.7817
Italy1,76429.177.653.881.735.06
Thailand2,03529.161.289.100.0411.60
Philippines3,18529.073.737.450.9913.92
Vanuatu928.990.430.086.7418.47
Sri Lanka62028.972.184.341.7819.02
Gabon6428.707.575.432.1713.27
Solomon Islands1928.060.010.019.6818.06
Dominica227.862.521.712.7420.30
Sao Tome and Principe627.653.787.3016.45
Peru89327.102.492.422.5514.59
Egypt2,77227.095.7414.980.335.39
Bangladesh4,39926.710.5722.411.950.53
Denmark15326.456.292.159.91
New Zealand12726.4010.362.700.025.96
Oman13326.0712.260.462.969.35
Sierra Leone20325.506.621.221.4116.14
Cyprus3125.485.485.400.894.23
United Arab Emirates25125.377.176.390.649.13
Gambia6125.186.951.100.5915.61
Jamaica7525.160.211.4912.808.05
Latvia4725.013.571.8510.068.04
Guyana2024.971.981.351.424.08
Ghana77524.942.244.670.3817.62
Israel21424.724.1913.180.165.99
Bahamas1024.211.901.541.609.82
Laos17624.1524.040.040.05
Australia61524.105.524.221.925.33
Mauritius3123.992.311.213.7912.02
Trinidad and Tobago3323.595.201.466.597.85
New Caledonia723.411.470.941.6614.08
Ivory Coast61123.171.513.583.2614.72
Malta1022.843.464.151.576.14
United States7,54422.794.435.340.542.69
Belgium26322.707.556.730.354.16
Ireland11122.567.083.5510.59
Netherlands37521.869.230.986.90
Greece22621.726.972.580.985.11
Russia3,16921.717.946.285.35
Qatar6121.066.685.820.635.19
Canada78320.734.605.230.353.40
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines219.422.910.048.776.41
Cameroon50819.144.312.152.928.09
Croatia7819.104.271.310.098.98
Morocco67818.371.690.560.7914.87
Costa Rica9117.950.556.550.637.98
United Kingdom1,21617.917.693.160.072.89
Suriname1016.5010.915.356.39
Bahrain2816.284.963.225.062.28
Benin19716.222.236.595.731.20
Switzerland138162.505.731.522.51
Montenegro1015.583.192.361.075.61
Chile28214.771.691.100.027
Estonia1914.657.311.362.29
Papua New Guinea13114.610.241.530.7612.06
Uganda65614.3414.200.100.04
Comoros1214.310.940.041.5011.67
Austria12914.292.764.260.783.65
Libya9814.2630.040.2110.57
Angola46514.142.831.1419.12
Tunisia16614.054.330.260.178.45
Kuwait6013.982.732.511.545.24
Ukraine60213.762.662.390.266.55
Panama5913.680.411.330.549.06
Mexico1,75713.631.454.320.164.19
Mozambique42013.430.273.827.181.41
Belize513.261.340.220.826.16
Slovenia2713.212.932.470.503.59
Zambia24013.060.098.040.084.84
Iran1,06012.620.946.230.434.45
Germany1,05512.593.904.360.362.46
Poland47112.464.351.516.26
Senegal19911.902.551.800.156.82
Namibia3011.861.911.390.226.69
Belarus11211.853.011.320.506.39
Saudi Arabia40911.741.902.661.064.12
Togo9711.691.445.671.672.92
Moldova4711.662.203.980.904.34
North Korea284115.130.563.790.61
Cape Verde610.803.710.461.813.29
Czech Republic11210.462.963.410.702.92
Venezuela29010.201.410.930.036.44
Slovakia5610.203.972.830.322.87
Malawi19410.149.680.400.06
Georgia4010.021.121.621.565.52
Guinea1279.701.762.040.175.73
Uruguay329.142.521.510.433.48
Burkina Faso1868.921.222.025.65
Colombia4538.890.364.610.173.33
Lebanon608.721.361.331.493.31
Albania258.652.090.570.453.32
Mali1738.541.755.640.760.35
Dominican Republic928.492.401.100.393.72
Mauritania398.440.143.230.613.25
Romania1608.320.922.250.324.03
Ecuador1458.223.261.310.013.12
Brazil1,7178.082.224.270.180.72
India11,0177.980.626.250.190.43
Central African Republic367.376.320.560.48
Bulgaria517.361.031.990.343.06
Bhutan67.320.052.524.700.04
Bosnia and Herzegovina247.271.621.150.973.35
Argentina3076.783.420.220.011.04
Nigeria1,3916.751.941.280.362.88
Serbia596.701.392.060.112.89
Nicaragua446.630.360.400.063.68
Chad1086.600.016.510.010.07
El Salvador426.540.051.340.154.48
South Africa3836.462.580.300.142.89
Tanzania3856.440.665.130.060.51
Timor Leste86.420.010.162.573.20
Hungary616.351.293.120.181.42
North Macedonia136.212.361.120.122.47
Cuba696.060.611.930.392.58
Turkey4655.521.221.312.35
Armenia165.480.054.280.290.59
Jordan525.130.340.550.903.21
Haiti574.990.540.191.322.90
Rwanda594.562.132.090.34
Liberia224.301.840.220.511.63
Eswatini54.280.960.250.662.32
DR Congo3744.170.322.690.041.13
Uzbekistan1354.030.023.710.020.28
Paraguay294.010.013.460.010.42
Madagascar1103.960.560.971.13
Algeria1663.780.310.180.352.81
Iraq1243.600.592.360.170.40
Nepal1023.523.250.240.01
Djibouti33.520.670.020.272.48
Lesotho630.131.210.111.54
Guatemala532.980.020.780.051.36
Zimbabwe442.970.022.570.010.35
Yemen882.960.482.47
South Sudan332.920.022.890.01
Kenya1552.880.232.030.260.33
Turkmenistan172.810.012.510.010.28
Bolivia332.800.991.290.49
Kazakhstan522.760.220.700.321.38
Burundi312.601.850.720.02
Botswana62.590.280.140.052.06
Honduras262.581.360.180.91
Syria382.180.100.370.031.68
Azerbaijan212.040.250.760.030.94
Niger451.860.101.580.030.13
Pakistan3591.630.061.200.29
Guinea Bissau21.170.070.090.020.95
Sudan501.141.050.040.04
Kyrgyzstan71.080.150.500.070.36
Tajikistan60.660.320.260.07
Mongolia20.570.010.020.100.42
Ethiopia620.540.510.03
Afghanistan140.360.100.26
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Asia consumes 72% of global fish production. The people of the Maldives in South Asia eat the most fish per capita of any country.

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