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Global Production

Capture fisheries and aquaculture supplied the world with about 106 million tonnes of food fish in 2004, providing an apparent per capita supply of 16.6 kg (live weight equivalent), which is the highest on record.
 
Overall, fish provided more than 2.6 billion people with at least 20 percent of their average per capita animal protein intake.

Preliminary estimates for 2005 indicate that total world fishery production reached almost 142 million tonnes, representing an increase of over 1 million tonnes compared with 2004 and a record high production.

Although the total amount of fish available for human consumption is estimated to have increased to 107 million tonnes, the global per capita supply remained at about the same level as in 2004 because of population growth. There was a decrease in the contribution of capture fisheries to human consumption, but this was offset by an increase in the aquaculture contribution.