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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

    The Jordanian fishery resources are limited, owing to its geographical situation and environmental conditions. Jordan is a semi-arid country almost entirely land-locked and has only a short marine coastline (27 km) on the Red Sea, centered on the port of Aqaba, where all of marine fish are landed. Total fish production in 2017 was estimated at 1 758 tonnes, almost equally divided between capture and aquaculture production.

    The fishing industry in Jordan is small and the fishery is entirely artisanal, consisting of approximately 540 fishers and 220 boats in 2017. Total capture production has increased in recent years, with about two thirds being freshwater fish. Tuna species were the most abundant marine catches. As inland waters for capture fishery are limited, the only alternative opportunity for Jordan to increase its domestic fish supplies, although on a moderate scale, is through aquaculture.

    Fish farming began in the mid‒1960s and pilot projects with FAO assistance were launched in 1966 and 1978 to produce carp using farm dams. Currently, there are less than 30 active fish farms, mainly in the Jordan Valley, with an estimated production of 885 tonnes in 2017. The main species cultured are tilapia and common carp. The majority of fish farms are small and use traditional culture methods. There are three intensive fish farms raising carps and tilapia that have their own hatcheries to produce fingerlings by natural and artificial breeding. The protection of coral reef habitat of the Jordanian coast causes serious limitation to mariculture development due to the possible environmental impact of mariculture practices on the sensitive coral reef ecosystem, particularly in semi-enclosed areas.

    The fishery and aquaculture industry is insufficient to meet Jordan’s fish consumption requirements, therefore the vast majority of fish is imported. In 2017, imports of fish and fishery products were worth USD 114.2 million, while exports were valued at USD 2.7 million. The annual apparent per capita fish supply was around 6.1 kg in 2016.
    General geographic and economic indicators

    Key statistics

    Country area89 320km2FAOSTAT. Official data, 2013
    Land area88 780km2FAOSTAT. Official data, 2013
    Inland water area540km2Computed. Calculated, 2013
    Population - Est. & Proj.7.254millionsFAOSTAT. Official data, 2019
    Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) area97km2VLIZ

    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_JO.pdf

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