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Part I Statistics and main indicators

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The Profile (2019)

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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 briefPrepared: August 2019

    Belgium’s varied landscape includes 67 km of sea coast and flat coastal plains along the North Sea, a central plateau, and the rolling hills and forests of the Ardennes region in the south, where the majority of the lakes are situated.

    The main fisheries port is Zeebrugge, followed by Ostend. Though Fisheries can play an important role for some communities, the sector contribution to the national economy is small, contributing less than 0.1 % to the national gross domestic product (GDP).

    Fish consumption in Belgium is significant (23.0 kg per capita in 2017), however based largely on imports valued at USD 2 306 million compared to exports valued at USD 1 263 million in 2017. Annual marine and inland water capture production are both very stable, with a total of almost 24700 tonnes in 2017. (mainly plaice, sole and cod). In 2017, there were 73 fishing vessels, and 316 fishers employed in the marine sector in 2017. Aquaculture production (mainly rainbow trout) reached a peak at 1 871 tonnes in 2000 and then significantly declined. In 2017 aquaculture production was 75 tonnes. The Belgian aquaculture sector is very small, there is however a long tradition of small-scale aquaculture in Wallonia region.
    General geographic and economic indicators

    Key statistics

    Country area30 530km2FAOSTAT. Official data, 2013
    Land area30 280km2FAOSTAT. Expert sources from FAO (including other divisions), 2013
    Inland water area250km2Computed. Calculated, 2013
    Population - Est. & Proj.10.975millionsFAOSTAT. Official data, 2019
    Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) area3 482km2VLIZ

    Source: FAO Country Profile

    FAO Fisheries statistics

    Updated 2019The 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.

    Full text of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Country Profile available at /fishery/docs/DOCUMENT/fcp/en/FI_CP_BE.pdf

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