Turkish aquaculture, record production and exports – In 2022, Turkish aquaculture reached exceptional milestones, with a total production of 849,808 tonnes. This represents a significant increase of 6.2 per cent over the previous year. The fishing industry, which is crucial to the national economy, has shown steady growth in recent years.
Statistics from the Turkish Statistics Institute (TUIK) show that production through catching was 335,003 tonnes, while aquaculture contributed 514,805 tonnes. The most relevant fish species include trout, bass and sea bream, with significant increases in 2022.
Of the total aquaculture production, 368,742 tonnes were obtained in the seas and 146,063 tonnes in inland waters. Trout was the predominant species in inland waters, with 145,649 tonnes, followed by sea bass (156,602 tonnes) and sea bream (152,469 tonnes).
In aquaculture, in addition to trout, significant quantities of mirror carp, sturgeon, catfish and frogs were produced. In the seas, in addition to sea bream and bass, 11 other fish species were farmed.
These positive results also had an impact on exports, which totalled 252,000 tonnes in 2022, an increase of 5.4 per cent over the previous year. The monetary value of exports rose by 20% to USD 1.652 billion. The European Union (EU) was the main export recipient, accounting for two-thirds of the total.
Turkish aquaculture has shown extraordinary growth, representing a crucial sector for the national economy and contributing significantly to the country’s exports. This positive trend is the result of targeted investments and an ongoing commitment to promoting and developing the fish industry.
Turkish aquaculture, record production and exports