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Fish & Seafood Aquaculture – Industry Research, Analysis, Statistics, and Forecasts

SIC 0273  |  NAICS 11251

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Industry Research Reports
Fish & Seafood Aquaculture  (view report)
Seafood Processing  (view report)
Comprehensive industry research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available 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 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.

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 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, pollution, and other threats and concerns, regulatory issues, and global market perspective.

Technavio / TMR
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., carps, salmon, mollusks, crustaceans, milkfish, trout, mackerel, sea bream, sea bass, and other products), aquatic environment (e.g., freshwater, marine water, and brackish water), and key global geographic region.

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Aquaculture  Search for "1125" to see available reports

Market analysis reports provide industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

BizMiner Industry Financial Ratios
Aquaculture  Search for "1125" to see available reports
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample financial statement and ratio analysis report is available free online.

Industry Research Reports
Fish & Seafood Aquaculture
(see links for individual reports)  (sample spreadsheet)

Key statistics section of these reports provides detailed income statements and balance sheets on a common-size basis and over twenty-five industry financial ratios, with financial ratios provided for the each of the four most recent calendar years and on a historical average basis for 3-year, 5-year, and 10-year time periods. Sample spreadsheet with breakdowns by asset size can be viewed free online.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

American Fisheries Society
Fisheries Professionals Salary Survey

Compensation 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 direct and coordinate management and operation of aquacultural production facilities, supervisors who supervise and coordinate employees' activities, and employees who attend to aquatic animal species such as fish, shellfish, alligators, and turtles.

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BV Guides and Databases

Private Company Sales Transaction Databases
Free "Visitor Search" allows users to search the DealStats, BIZCOMPS, and FactSet/BVR databases for private company sales transaction data by SIC or NAICS Code using the following codes:
  SIC Code 0273 - Aquaculture
  NAICS Code 11251 - Aquaculture
Types of establishments included in these codes
Fish hatcheries - establishments that primarily breed and raise fish and other aquatic animals, such as trout, salmon, and shrimp, for sale to other aquaculture establishments, anglers, and seafood processors.
Shellfish farms - establishments that primarily cultivate and harvest shellfish, such as oysters, clams, mussels, and scallops, for sale to wholesalers, retailers, and other end-users.
Aquatic plant nurseries - establishments that primarily grow and sell aquatic plants, such as seaweed, kelp, and algae, for use in food, nutritional supplements, and other products.
Finfish farms - establishments that primarily raise and sell finfish, such as salmon, tilapia, and catfish, for sale to wholesalers, retailers, and other end-users.
Shrimp farming operations - establishments that primarily raise and sell shrimp and prawns for sale to wholesalers, retailers, and other end-users.
Trout production facilities  - establishments that primarily raise and sell trout, often for sale to wholesalers, retailers, and other end-users.
Seafood farms - establishments that primarily raise and harvest seafood, such as oysters, clams, mussels, and shrimp, for sale to wholesalers, retailers, and other end-users. These establishments may also provide processing and packaging services for their products.
Sample reports with detailed sales transaction data and valuation multiples are available free online.

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Related Industries:
Commercial Fishing and Fisheries
Fish and Seafood Markets
Fish and Seafood Processing
Food Distributors and Wholesalers


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