In Bangladesh, average fish consumption is 11.9 kg/person/year. Fish is an important diet staple, accounting for 56.2% 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 1.6 million metric tons.
In 2012-13, 923,000 metric tons were exported, mostly shrimp. Around 14.5 million people are employed in fisheries and aquaculture.