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Part I Statistics and main indicators

  1. Country brief
  2. General geographic and economic indicators
  3. FAO Fisheries statistics

The Profile (2004)

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    Part I Statistics and main indicators

    Part I of the Fishery and Aquaculture Country Profile is compiled using the most up-to-date information available from the FAO Country briefs and Statistics programmes at the time of publication. The Country Brief and the FAO Fisheries Statistics provided in Part I may, however, have been prepared at different times, which would explain any inconsistencies.

    Country brief

    Updated 05-2019

    In Albania fishing activity takes place along the entire 476 km of Albania’s coastline, including its territorial waters (12 miles from its baselines). However, fishing activity is mainly concentrated on the continental shelf, which on the Adriatic side in the north extends to 25 miles, but to only 2-4 miles on the side of the Ionian Sea. 

    Marine fisheries are the most important sector of the fisheries industry but lagoon and inland fisheries are also significant. Capture production in 2017 was 8300 tonnes, with marine fisheries constituting 75 percent of the total. The Albanian fishing fleet is currently located in four ports: DurrësiVloraShëngjini and Saranda, where about 1 950 persons are employed. In addition, 1 400 fishers were directly engaged in inland fisheries in 2017. There were 564 commercial vessels in 2017 


    In 2017 aquaculture produced 4430 tonnes, consisting of marine fishes (77 percent), rainbow trout (13 percent) and mussels (10 percent). There are currently 24 marine fish farms for sea bass and sea bream, 22 trout farms, several enterprises that farm mussels in Lake Butrint and 4 hatcheries for carp fingerlings that are grown in inland natural and artificial reservoirs. Aquaculture provided direct employments of 400 in 2012. 

    In 2017 imports of fish and fishery products were valued at USD 75.7 million. Exports were worth USD 94 million, with prepared and preserved anchovies representing the bulk of exports. The consumption of fish in Albania has increased gradually and the consumption per capita is estimated to be about 5.3 kg/year in 2016. 


    The legislative framework for the fisheries and aquaculture sector includes several laws and by-laws. Albania is in the process of becoming an EU Candidate Country and, in this regard, is also in the process of aligning its legislation with the EU’s acquis communautaire. Several by-laws have been approved that transpose some of the principles of the Common Fishery Policy into Albanian legislation. The legislation also contains the main principles of FAO’s Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, and establishment of the Fishery Management Organisation for marine and inland waters has begun. 


    The EU is supporting the Albanian fishery sector with a EUR 2 million project “Establishing and Strengthening a Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) System for Fisheries in Albania”, which aims at increasing the capacity of the fishery inspectors and the installation of Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) devices on all vessels longer than 12 m. 

    The Directorate of Fisheries Policies of the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Water Administration, is responsible for managing the fisheries sector The Fishery Research Institute in Durres is responsible for fisheries research. The institute operates five fingerling production units for restocking. The main scientific activities of the Institute are fish stock assessment, study of Albania’s lagoons and their potential and the restocking of inland water bodies with fingerlings. 

    General geographic and economic indicators

    Table 1 - General Geographic and Economic Data – The Republic of Albania

    Shelf area 6 090 km2 Sea around us:
    Length of continental coastline 362 km

    World By Map:

    Fisheries GDP (year) Not available  

    Key statistics

    Country area28 750km2FAOSTAT. Official data, 2013
    Land area27 400km2FAOSTAT. Official data, 2013
    Inland water area1 350km2Computed. Calculated, 2013
    Population - Est. & Proj.3.282millionsFAOSTAT. Official data, 2018
    Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) area12 150km2VLIZ
    GDP (current US$)15 103millionsWorld Bank. 2018
    GDP per capita (current US$)5 269US$World Bank. 2018
    Agriculture, forestry, and fishing, value added18.42% of GDPWorld Bank. 2018

    Source: FAO Country Profile

    FAO Fisheries statisticsTable 2 in this section is based on statistics prepared by the Statistics and Information Branch of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department and disseminated in 2016. The charts are based on the same source but these are automatically updated every year with the most recent disseminated statistics.

    Table 2 – Employment and Fleet Statistics - The Republic of Albania

          1980 1990 2000 2010 2012 2013 2014
    EMPLOYMENT (thousands) 2.80 4.01 1.14 2.00 2.32 2.32 2.65
      Aquaculture   ... 0.14 0.40 0.40 0.40 0.40
      Capture 2.80 4.01 1.00 1.60 1.92 1.92 2.25
        Inland ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
        Marine 2.80 4.01 1.00 1.60 1.92 1.92 2.25
    FLEET(thousands vessels) ... ... 0.94 0.32 0.32 0.31 0.31
    Source: FAO Fishery and Aquaculture Statistics
    1) Due to roundings total may not sum up

    Please note: Fishery statistical data here presented exclude the production for marine mammals, crocodiles, corals, sponges, pearls, mother-of-pearl and aquatic plants.


    Updated 2004The Profile

    This country profile provides statistics and indicators produced through FAO’s Statistics programmes, supplemented with information derived from national and other sources and valid at the time of compilation.

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