The economic and biological attributes of tilapias, particularly Oreochromis niloticus, give the fish a comparative advantage over some other species cultured in Asia. From 1984 to 1990, Asia produced an average of 230757 t of tilapia from aquaculture and the region accounted for 67% of global farmed tilapia production. The major producing contries were the Philippines, Taiwan, China and Indonesia whose production represented 27, 24, 19, and 17% of the regional total. Recent production trends and research developments signal that tilapia farming in Asia will expand and that increased production will come from countries considered as new to tilapia farming and from improved technologies, particularly the development of improved breeds for culture as needed by at least 10 countries in the region.
The Economic potential of tilapia farming in Asia: the Philippine experience
Bimbao, M.P., Ahmed, M., Pomeroy, R.S., Pullin, R.S.V. (1993)
Paper presented at the International Symposium on Socio-economics of Aquaculture, Taiwan, 14-17 Dec 1993