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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: May 2019

    The Polish coastline is 528 km long, with 74 ports, fishing shelters and landing sites. Polish territorial waters cover 8 628 km2. The level of salinity of the Baltic Sea is low and decreases as distance from the Danish straits grows.

    Most of Polish rivers belong to the Baltic Sea catchments. In majority (90 percent), they belong to the Vistula and Odra river basins. Poland's water system presents only few dam reservoirs. Poland has a large number of natural lakes, their total area is about 281 000 ha, which represents approximately 1 percent of the country area.

    Notwithstanding the Polish fisheries sector contributes only marginally to the Polish Gross Domestic Product, it has great impact on social and economic wellbeing in some regions. The total employment in aquaculture, for both full and part time was 6 262 people in 2017. Inland fisheries was estimated to employ 3 515 people while marine fishing employed 2 378 people (of which 3% were women). In 2017, the fleet was reported at 834 vessels. More than 75% of the fleet was under 12m LOA and used passive gear.

    In 2017, total capture production was 226400 tonnes (208300 tonnes from marine capture and 18100 tonnes from inland capture).

    Aquaculture in Poland was reported to be 38800 tonnes in 2017, which is 14.6 percent in the total fish production of 265200 tonnes in the same year. Mariculture has not been established for commercial purpose.

    The Polish fish-processing industry is experiencing rapid development following accession to the European Union in 2004. In 2017, imports of fish and fishery products were worth USD 2.3 billion and exports USD 2.2 billion. Per capita fish consumption was estimated at around 11 kg in 2016.
    General geographic and economic indicators

    Key statistics

    Country area312 680km2FAOSTAT. Official data, 2013
    Land area306 210km2FAOSTAT. Official data, 2013
    Inland water area6 470km2Computed. Calculated, 2013
    Population - Est. & Proj.38.381millionsFAOSTAT. Official data, 2019
    Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) area29 847km2VLIZ

    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_PL.pdf

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