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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)

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:

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NOAA Fisheries
Office of Aquaculture
Various reference sections included on this page (e.g., "What is?", "In the U.S.", "Library", "FAQS", "In the Regions", and "Shellfish Portal") provide an overview of the aquaculture industry in the U.S., with the library section including references to an extensive selection of additional sources for more in-depth information under "Key Documents" and "Further Reading/References". All information can be viewed free online.


First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations, recent news and developments, business challenges, issues, trends, and opportunities, and include a five-year revenue growth forecast. Profiles are updated quarterly and include:

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5m Enterprises Inc.
Online News / E-Newsletter
Online portal provides comprehensive coverage of the aquaculture industry, with content categories including news and analysis, feature articles, market reports, technical information, association links, media downloads and videos, business directory, events and conferences, and weekly e-newsletter archives. All articles and other information are available free online, with a free subscription to the e-newsletter 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 "U.S. Commercial Fisheries Landings" section including estimated U.S. aquaculture production statistics in pounds, metric tons, and thousands of dollars by species (e.g., catfish, salmon, striped bass, tilapia, trout, crawfish, clams, mussels, oysters, and shrimp). Current and prior editions of the report are accessible free online.

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 including value of products sold by type, species, size category, and state; freshwater and saltwater acres used for production; methods used for production; sales and production by species, size category, and state; and employment and annual payroll associated with production. All information is available free online.

U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization
National Aquaculture Sector Overview - United States of America
National fact sheet provides a general overview of the aquaculture sector in the U.S., with content sections including structure and characteristics (e.g. history, employment, farming systems, species produced, and production practices); sector performance (e.g., production statistics, market and trade activity); promotion; government regulation; trends, issues, and development; and references. Fact sheet is available free online.

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Financial Benchmarking Data

Industry Financial Ratios
Aquaculture  Search for "1125"

Five-year comparative financial statement analysis includes income statements with expense detail, balance sheets, cash flow analysis, and key financial and operating ratios, with detailed benchmarking data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level.

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Fintel Metrics
Aquaculture  Search for "1125"
Annual report covering the most recent year's data provides common-size income and expense and balance sheet data and key financial ratios, with financial data segmented by company size into small, medium, large, and all companies measures. Sample screenshots from selected report sections are available online.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

AFS / Responsive Managment
Fisheries Professionals Salary Survey
Comprehensive compensation survey provides salary data for biologist professionals employed by public agencies and private industry categorized by professional level based on specific educational requirements and duties, with compensation data reported for animal aquaculture/fish hatcheries biologists including midpoint, minimum, and maximum salary measures. Complete survey can be downloaded and viewed online.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Occupational Employment and Wages - Support Activities for Animal Production
Annual employment and wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data for personnel employed in this agricultural sector (which includes farm managers and workers involved in the production of farm, ranch, and aquacultural animals) on a national, state, and metropolitan area basis, with statistical measures for national data including mean, median, and upper/lower quartiles and deciles. All information is available free online.

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Business Valuation Resources

Private Company Sales Transactions
Pratt's Stats® | BIZCOMPS®
Free "Visitor Search" allows users to search private company sales transactions by business description for comparable business sales transaction data, including revenue, earnings, and EBITDA multiples.

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