Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Who catches the fish and who consumes it?

From October 2010 edition of the Nat Geo Magazine:

Wealthy nations once obtained most of their fish by fishing. Today, they are more likely to buy a swordfish than to catch it. Japan purchases more than twice as much fish as it catches, while Peru, the number two seafood producer in the world, consumes barely any at all.

Top 20 catchers (Annual average over 2001-05, in million metric tons of fish)
1) People's Republic of China - 9.9
2) Peru - 8.3
3) USA - 4.9
4) Japan - 4.4
5) Chile - 4.2
6) Indonesia - 4.2
7) India - 3.4
8) Russia - 3.1
9) Thailand - 2.6
10) Norway - 2.6
11) Phillipines - 2.0
12) Denmark - 2.0
13) Iceland - 1.9
14) South Korea - 1.7
15) Vietnam - 1.6
16) Malaysia - 1.3
17) Mexico - 1.3
18) Burma - 1.1
19) Canada - 1.1
20) Taiwan - 1.0
Total - 62.6

Top 20 consumers (million metric tons of fish, averaged over 2001-05)
1) People's Republic of China - 13.6
2) Japan - 9.0
3) USA - 4.7
4) Indonesia - 3.6
5) India - 3.1
6) South Korea - 2.7
7) Thailand - 2.4
8) Russia - 2.1
9) Phillipines - 2.1
10) Nigeria - 1.8
11) Spain - 1.6
12) Taiwan - 1.5
13) UK - 1.5
14) Norway - 1.4
15) Malaysia - 1.4
16) France - 1.4
17) Mexico - 1.4
18) Italy - 1.3
19) Vietnam - 1.3
20) Chile - 1.3
Total - 59.2

Message: If one country has to be held accountable for the depleting fish stocks around the world, it must be the sushi-loving Japanese. The footprint of Taiwan is not too far behind. Ok, put the blame on sushi-loving South East Asians (in general) and the West Europeans, if you have to.

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