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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: June 2019

    Total capture production from the Baltic Sea has been fluctuating in recent years from an average of about 20000 tonnes between 2011 and 2013 to a maximum of 46700 tonnes in 2014. In 2017, 29000 tonnes were reported. This was due to the highly variable catches of small pelagic species (sprat and herring) that together made up an average of about 57 percent of the total catch.

    Lithuania also has a High Seas Fleet of 9 vessels fishing in the Southeast Pacific (16500 tonnes of catches in 2017), in the regulatory areas of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) (no catches since 2014) and in the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) of West African countries (about 43200 tonnes in 2017).

    As of 2017, the total number of vessels was 144, 75 percent of which are more than 25 years old. Most (72 percent) of the vessels are under 12 m in length.

    Total catch from inland fisheries in Lithuania was about 1100 tonnes in 2017. The main fishing site is the Curonian Lagoon. Main target species are bream and roach. The lagoon is shared between the Russian Federation and Lithuania and is administrated by a joint working commission formed by the two countries.

    The aquaculture production has grown steadily in the past years from a level of 3 000 tonnes in 2008 to 4393 tonnes in 2016, decreasing in 2017 when only 3744 tonnes were reported. The aquaculture production is overwhelmingly dominated by common carp (78 percent in 2017).

    Since 2004 the importation of fish and seafood has steadily increased in Lithuania. In 2017, imports of fish and fishery products were valued at USD 569 million. Herring, mackerel and farmed Norwegian salmon are among the most important species imported and processed in Lithuania. Most of the imported fish are processed and re-exported to the EU, USA and the Russian Federation. Exports of fish and fishery products were valued at USD 643 million in 2017. Annual per capita fish consumption amounted to about 32 kg in 2016.

    In 2017, 550 people, including 13% women were reported as engaged in fishing. Another 431 people, including 22% women, were employed in aquaculture.
    General geographic and economic indicators

    Key statistics

    Country area65 300km2FAOSTAT. Official data, 2013
    Land area62 675km2FAOSTAT. Official data, 2013
    Inland water area2 625km2Computed. Calculated, 2013
    Population - Est. & Proj.3.202millionsFAOSTAT. Official data, 2019
    Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) area6 800km2VLIZ

    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_LT.pdf

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