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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: IMPROVING THE VALUE AND UTILIZATION OF ETHANOL MANUFACTURING CO-PRODUCTS

Location: North Central Agricultural Research Laboratory

Title: Tilapia: profile and economic importance

Authors
item Mjoun, Kamal
item Rosentrater, Kurt
item Brown, Michael -

Submitted to: Extension Publications
Publication Type: Experiment Station
Publication Acceptance Date: October 2, 2010
Publication Date: October 29, 2010
Citation: Mjoun, K., Rosentrater, K.A., Brown, M.L. 2010. Tilapia: profile and economic importance. Available: http://pubstorage.sdstate.edu/AgBio_Publications/articles/fs963-01.pdf.

Interpretive Summary: Nile tilapia’s various attributes and an increasing global demand for this fish make it one of the most cultured species, with a global production estimated at nearly 2.5 million tonnes in 2010, and an estimated value of approximately $5 billion. Increased demand in the U.S. market for tilapia products is primarily satisfied by imports from China, which supplies frozen products, and from South American countries, which supply fresh tilapia. Domestic U.S. tilapia production is relatively small, and accounts for less than 5% of total global consumption. The tremendous growth of the tilapia industry is likely to continue in the foreseeable future and will incite many tilapia farming opportunities. Therefore the objective of this paper is to provide a brief overview of Nile tilapia for aquaculture producers. It will cover basic facts about this fish, world production and trade, U.S. production and consumption, and basic nutritional information.

Technical Abstract: Nile tilapia’s various attributes and an increasing global demand for this fish make it one of the most cultured species, with a global production estimated at nearly 2.5 million tonnes in 2010, and an estimated value of approximately $5 billion. Increased demand in the U.S. market for tilapia products is primarily satisfied by imports from China, which supplies frozen products, and from South American countries, which supply fresh tilapia. Domestic U.S. tilapia production is relatively small, and accounts for less than 5% of total global consumption. The tremendous growth of the tilapia industry is likely to continue in the foreseeable future and will incite many tilapia farming opportunities. Therefore the objective of this paper is to provide a brief overview of Nile tilapia for aquaculture producers. It will cover basic facts about this fish, world production and trade, U.S. production and consumption, and basic nutritional information.

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