Turkey’s Aquaculture Sector Achieves Impressive 6.2% Growth in 2022 – Turkey’s aquaculture sector experienced a notable 6.2% growth in 2022 as production levels soared to 849,808 tons. The data provided by the Turkish Statistical Institute highlights the rapid expansion of the country’s aquaculture industry and its contribution to food security and the national economy.
An In-depth Look at the Increase
Sea fish accounted for 30% of the overall production, with other marine products making up 5.6% and inland fishery products amounting to 3.9%. Aquaculture products comprised the most significant proportion, with 60.6%. The total production via hunting was calculated to be 335,003 tons, and aquaculture production reached 514,805 tons.
Both seafood and inland fisheries have witnessed increases in 2022, with the former increasing by 2.3% and the latter by 0.4%. Of the sea fish caught, the quantity stood at 254,535 tons. Anchovies were the most commonly seen species, with a catch volume of 125,980 tons, followed by bonito-work with 49,892 tons and sardines at 16,729 tons.
Aquaculture: An Increasing Sector
Aquaculture saw an impressive rise of 9.1%, with 368,742 tons of sea production and 146,063 tons in inland waters. Among the fish species farmed, trout topped the list in inland waters at 145,649 tons, while in the seas, sea bass and sea bream took the lead with 156,602 tons and 152,469 tons, respectively.
The Mediterranean Area and Aquaculture
The Mediterranean region, known for its rich marine biodiversity, has also contributed to Turkey’s thriving aquaculture sector. With its extensive coastline along the Mediterranean Sea, Turkey has ideal conditions for fish farming. The Mediterranean region has seen an increase in aquaculture production, particularly in sea bass and sea bream farming. These species are highly sought after in international markets and have contributed significantly to the growth of Turkey’s aquaculture industry.
A Promising Outlook for Turkish Aquaculture
The burgeoning growth of the aquaculture industry in Turkey, including the Mediterranean area, is promising news for the sector’s future. As global demand for sustainable protein sources rises, aquaculture is expected to play an increasingly crucial role in meeting this demand. These trends also highlight the significant potential of aquaculture for economic growth and job creation in the country. With the Mediterranean region’s favorable conditions for aquaculture, Turkey is well-positioned to further expand its production and contribute to the region’s seafood supply.
Turkey’s Aquaculture Sector Achieves Impressive 6.2% Growth in 2022