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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 (2003)

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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 12-2019

    There are 20 major fishing ports along the 1 280 km coastline of Algeria. The continental shelf is approximately of 13 700 km2 and the fishing zone is of about 95 000 km2. In 2016 the total of recorded vessels operating from these ports was estimated at 5 024 from which 552 were trawls and 1 295 purse seiners. 

    Marine capture production was quite stable between 93 500 and 105 600 tonnes in the 2010-2016 period and it was estimated 94400 tonnes in 2017. Bulk of the catches are small pelagic species. No inland catches are reported. 

    Aquaculture production is still marginal with the production of around 1400 tonnes in 2017, consisting of carps grown in freshwater, gilthead seabream and seabass from brackishwater and a very small amount of mussels. Most of the harvest is sold fresh in local markets. Currently, Algeria is teaming up with an Asian country in an effort to develop marine shrimp seed production and grow-out culture in the country. 


     Exports of fish and fishery products are rather limited and decreased by 57 percent in the period 2008–2013, due to declining catches. From 2014, exports started increasing again, reaching USD 9.5 million in 2017. During the period 2008-2016, Algeria’s imports of fish and fishery products increased by 250 percent, reaching USD 123.7 million in 2017. The annual consumption per capita is rather low, at an estimated 3.9 kg in 2017.  


    In Algeria, employment in 2017 was estimated to be 4 487 people in aquaculture, with nearly half women, while for the fisheries sector 48 100 people were reported in 2015. 

    General geographic and economic indicators

    Table 1 - General Geographic and Economic Data – The People's Democratic Republic of Algeria

    Shelf area 10 525 km2 Sea around us:
    Length of continental coastline 1 644 km
    Fisheries GDP Not available  

    Key statistics

    Country area2 381 740km2FAOSTAT. Official data, 2013
    Land area2 381 740km2FAOSTAT. Official data, 2013
    Inland water area0km2Computed. Calculated, 2013
    Population - Est. & Proj.39.329millionsFAOSTAT. Official data, 2018
    Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) area131 138km2VLIZ

    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 People's Democratic Republic of Algeria

          1980 1990 2000 2010 2012 2013 2014
    EMPLOYMENT (thousands) 6.40 19.30 27.00 41.50 43.70 43.50 44.50
      Capture 6.40 19.30 27.00 41.50 43.70 43.50 44.50
        Inland 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
        Marine 6.40 19.30 27.00 41.50 43.70 43.50 44.50
    FLEET(thousands vessels) n.a. n.a. 2.60 4.20 4.40 4.60 4.80
    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 2003The 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/fr/FI_CP_DZ.pdf

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