FAO Aquaculture Global and Regional Reviews

Main purpose and content

The current reviews aim at providing a comprehensive and reliable perspective, over the past 5 years, of the aquaculture status and trends in the main regions of the world, and globally, emphasizing salient issues and success stories, highlighting future trends and considering likely scenarios. The production information used in these reviews was provided by FAO Global Dataset of Aquaculture Production (Quantities and values) 1950–2014 (Released in March 2014).

The Regional Reviews and the Global Synthesis can be of pertinent use to national governments, regional organizations, policy makers, farmers, investors, civil society organizations, research and training institutions and the general public.

Each regional review and the global synthesis contain nine chapters

  • Social and economic background of Europe.
  • General characteristics of the sector.
  • Resources, services and technologies.
  • Aquaculture and environmental integrity.
  • Markets and trade.
  • Contribution of aquaculture to food security and social and economic development.
  • External pressures on the sector.
  • Governance and management of the sector.
  • Aquaculture contribution to the FAO strategic objectives.


Process and participation

The preparation of each regional review was led by a top regional expert with the involvement of numerous renowned international experts under the guidance of FAO.

The global synthesis was produced by a team of international experts using the information provided by the regional reviews and a global perspective. The process of producing the regional reviews and the global synthesis with reliable and comparable information has been lengthy, and although the statistics and production data for these reviews correspond to 2014, the quality and reliability of the information can be trusted. This is particularly relevant in the analysis of trends.

The collection of information by experts initially commenced in May 2016 and were completed in February 2017.

After a long process to guarantee good quality output and content, the reviews have now been finalized and are available to users worldwide!