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Fish and Seafood Aquaculture

SIC 0273 | NAICS 112510

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Fish & Seafood Aquaculture  (view report)
Seafood Processing  (view report)

Comprehensive research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year growth forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:

  • Key statistics
  • Market size and characteristics
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major companies
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

NOAA Fisheries

U.S. government site provides extensive coverage of the aquaculture industry, with content sections for this site including marine aquaculture overview, federal, state, and local policies and regulations, scientific research and technology projects, regional activities in the continental U.S. and the Pacific Islands, and international collaborations and agreements. All information can be viewed free online.

5m Enterprises Inc.
Online News / E-Newsletter

Online news resource provides comprehensive coverage of the aquaculture and commercial fishing industries, with topics covered on this site including farm management, health and welfare, breeding and genetics, nutrition, post-harvest, environment, technology and equipment, aquacultural projects, and fisheries. All items are available free online, with newsletter subscription available upon request.

NOAA Office of Science and Technology
Fisheries of the United States

Annual report provides a comprehensive statistical analysis of commercial fisheries in the U.S., with the aquaculture section providing estimated annual U.S. production figures in thousands of pounds, metric tons, and thousands of dollars for freshwater species (e.g., catfish, striped bass, tilapia, trout, crawfish) and marine species (e.g., salmon, clams, mussels, oysters, shrimp) for the last five years.

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Census of Aquaculture

Periodic census conducted by the USDA provides an in-depth statistical analysis of the industry, with data provided in the census including production and sales by type, species, size category, and state in dollar value and live weight pounds; freshwater and saltwater acreage used for production by state; and sources of water and methods used in aquatic organism production on a national and state level.

U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization
National Aquaculture Sector Overview - United States of America

National fact sheet provides an overview of the aquaculture sector in the U.S., with content sections including structure and characteristics (e.g. history, employment, farming systems, cultured species, and production practices); sector performance (e.g., production statistics, market and trade activity); government regulations; research and training programs; trends and developments; and references.

GIA Research

Comprehensive market research report provides in-depth analysis of the aquaculture industry in the U.S. and selected other countries, with topics covered in the report including operations and product overview, market trends, issues, and drivers, technological innovations and advancements, climate change and other environmental concerns, regulatory environment, and global market perspective.

Infiniti Research Limited / Transparency Market Research
Global Aquaculture Market /

Market research studies provide a detailed analysis of the global market for this product sector, with data provided in the studies including market size and forecast by product type (e.g., carp, mollusks, crustaceans, salmon, milkfish, trout, mackerel, sea bream, sea bass, and catfish and turbot), culture environment (e.g., freshwater, marine water, and brackish water), and key global geographic region.

Financial Benchmarking Data

Industry Financial Ratios
Aquaculture  Search for "1125"
Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.
  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

Fish & Seafood Aquaculture
(see links for individual reports)

Financial benchmarking section of this report provides an analysis of industry income and expenses as a percentage of sales for companies that produce fish (e.g., catfish, salmon, and trout), mollusks (e.g., abalone, clams, mussels, and oysters), crustaceans (e.g., lobsters, crawfish, prawns, shrimp, and soft-shelled crabs), and other aquatic animal or plant life in marine or freshwater environments.

Compensation Surveys

American Fisheries Society
Fisheries Professionals Salary Survey /

Comprehensive survey provides salary data for biologist professionals employed by public agencies and private industry categorized by professional level based on education requirements and duties, with statistical measures reported for animal aquaculture/fish hatcheries biologists by professional level including average, midpoint, minimum, and maximum salaries. Survey is available free online.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Support Activities for Animal Production

Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data for personnel employed by companies in this sector, which includes managers who plan, direct, and coordinate management and operation of aquacultural production facilities, supervisors who supervise and coordinate employee activities, and employees who attend to aquatic animal species such as fish, shellfish, alligators, frogs, and turtles.

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