In Bangladesh, average fish consumption is 19.71 kg/person/year. Fish is an important diet staple, accounting for 60% of households’ animal protein intake and 11% of total protein consumed.
More than half the country’s fish production is from aquaculture, nearly 2 million metric tons, compared with small-scale fisheries production that stands at around 1.54 million metric tons.
In 2014-15, 83,524 metric tons were exported, more than half of which were shrimp. Around 18.2 million people are employed in fisheries and aquaculture.