A quarter of Tanzania’s population depend on coastal resources or inland lakes for their livelihoods. Over 180,000 people are employed in the fisheries sector, with a further 19,000 people involved in fish farming.
Current fish production is around 376,000 metric tons a year, with around 97 percent of fish sourced from small-scale fisheries and the remaining from large-scale commercial fishing. Aquaculture produces an additional 10,317 tons including seaweed (450 tons) and despite its huge potential, is largely untapped. There are presently 21,300 fishponds used for aquaculture.
Despite the country’s low consumption of fish, at 5.6 kg/person/year, fish makes up 19.7 percent of the country’s animal protein intake.
We are working with the Government of Tanzania and development partners to increase aquaculture production, reduce postharvest fish losses, enhance the role of fish in nutrition and encourage better management of small-scale coastal and inland fisheries.