Global Aquaculture Market: Snapshot 

Aquaculture comprises farming various types of seafood, including fishes and shrimp, oysters, and other mollusks. The aquaculture industry has received a significant boost in recent years from the rising awareness among consumers about the health benefits of consuming fish and fish products. This is likely to remain a promising driver for the aquaculture industry in the coming years, as fish consumption is rising even in areas where seafood hasn’t traditionally been a part of the local cuisine. 

Aquaculture accounted for close to 50% of the overall consumption of fish across the world in 2012 and is likely to remain a dominant contributor in the coming years. The growing adoption of poly-culture systems, wherein fish farming and rice farming is carried out in the same field, is a key driver for the global aquaculture market. Since many aquatic animals thrive in the waterlogged fields required in rice plantations, this is likely to be a key feature of the global aquaculture market in the coming years. The steady adoption of such techniques is likely to boost the share of the aquaculture segment in the global fish market in the coming years, with the segment expected to overtake the captured fish segment in the coming years. 

The global aquaculture market is expected to reach a valuation of US$195.1 bn by the end of 2019. 

Freshwater Aquaculture to Retain Dominance in Global Aquaculture Market 

Aquaculture can be conducted in fresh, brackish, or marine water, based on the intended produce. Of these, freshwater aquaculture is the leading revenue generator for the global aquaculture market and is likely to remain the dominant segment in the coming years. While fish captured from natural waters have constituted the majority of the global fish market, this has led to severe depletion of the fish population in many parts of the world. This has led to freshwater aquaculture, which is usually carried out in artificially prepared tanks and ponds, taking on an important role in the global aquaculture market. 

However, the demand for marine species remains high across the world. Since most fish can exclusively survive in either marine or fresh water, this has led to a growing adoption of aquaculture in marine water. Marine aquaculture is thus likely to be a leading contributor to the global aquaculture market in the coming years. 

By species, carps dominate the global aquaculture market and are expected to account for around a third of the global market by the end of 2018. The robust nature of carps and their ability to readily adapt to imperfect conditions has made them likely to remain the leading product segment of the global aquaculture market in the coming years. In addition, mollusks are expected to become key revenue generators for the global aquaculture market by the end of 2018. 

China to Remain the Leader in Global Aquaculture Production 

China is the dominant regional aquaculture market and is expected to account for more than 60% of the global aquaculture market by the end of 2018. Asia Pacific (excluding China) is also a leading regional segment of the global aquaculture market due to the widespread presence of conditions highly conducive to aquaculture. 

Leading companies in the global aquaculture market include Cermaq ASA, Nireus Aquaculture S.A., Tassal Group Ltd., Cooke Aquaculture Inc., Blue Ridge Aquaculture, and Selonda Aquaculture S.A. 

Aquaculture refers to the cultivation of brackish, marine, or fresh water species such as shrimp, fish, and oysters under controlled climatic conditions. Compared to captured fish, the share of aquaculture in the global fisheries industry is considerably small and as a result, efforts are on to increase aquaculture activities around the world.

The global aquaculture market has been carefully studied in the report, using the latest research tools and methodologies. The structure, scope, and dynamics of the overall market have been discussed at length, also highlighting the various drivers and restraints impacting the growth of the aquaculture market. 

The report segments the aquaculture market based on product, culture environment, and region. By culture environment, the market is segregated into marine water, freshwater, and brackish water. On the basis of product, the aquaculture market is classified into mollusks, salmon, trout, sea bream, carps, crustaceans, milkfish, mackerel, sea bass, and others such as turbot and catfish. By region, the global aquaculture market comprises Europe, North America, China, Asia Pacific excluding China, and Rest of the World. 

Overview of the Aquaculture Market 

In 2012, the global aquaculture market was reportedly valued at US$135.1 bn. Expanding at a modest CAGR of 5.10% from 2013 to 2019, the aquaculture market is anticipated to reach a value of US$195.1 bn by the end of 2019. This growth can be attributed to the rapidly declining volume of captured fish in the global reserves that has been driving aquaculture activities around the world.

The growing awareness regarding the health benefits of fish and the surge in fish consumption are also fueling the aquaculture market. While rice and fish farming presents several lucrative options for players within the aquaculture market, adverse climatic conditions have played spoilsport in the growth of the global market. 

Carps formed the largest product segment in 2012 due to their greater compatibility with rough climatic conditions. Freshwater aquaculture accounted for a share of more than 60% in the aquaculture market in 2012, emerging as the largest culture environment segment. China was the clear leader among other geographical segments with a share of more than 60% in 2012. The aquaculture market in this segment is mainly driven by the easy availability of natural reserves and resources and cheap labor.

Companies Mentioned in the Report

Selonda Aqauculture S.A., Eastern Fish Co., Thai Union Frozen Products Public Company Ltd., Tassal Group Ltd., Cermaq ASA, Nireus Aquaculture SA, Promarisco, Stolt Sea Farm, International Fish Farming Co. - Asmak, Marine Harvest ASA, Stehr Group Pty Ltd., Blue Ridge Aquaculture, Huon Aquaculture Group Pty Ltd., and Cooke Aquaculture Inc. are some of the leading players actively participating in the global aquaculture market. These players are profiled in the report based on company overview, product portfolio, financial performance, business strategies, recent developments, and a SWOT analysis. 

Aquaculture Market, by Culture Environment 

  • Freshwater 
  • Marine water
  • Brackish water

Aquaculture Market, by Product 

  • Carps
  • Mollusks
  • Crustaceans
  • Salmon
  • Milkfish
  • Trout
  • Mackerel
  • Sea Bream
  • Sea Bass
  • Others (Catfish and turbot)

Aquaculture Market, by Geography

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific (excluding China)
  • China
  • Rest of the World (RoW)

This report gives you access to decisive data such as:

  • Market growth drivers 
  • Factors limiting market growth
  • Current market trends 
  • Market structure
  • Market projections for the coming years 

Key highlights of this report

  • Overview of key market forces propelling and restraining market growth 
  • Up-to-date analyses of market trends and technological improvements 
  • Pin-point analyses of market competition dynamics to offer you a competitive edge
  • An analysis of strategies of major competitors 
  • An array of graphics and SWOT analysis of major industry segments 
  • Detailed analyses of industry trends
  • A well-defined technological growth map with an impact-analysis 
  • Offers a clear understanding of the competitive landscape and key product segments