Fishery

Albania has natural water potentials, which are suitable for fish farming. Fishing is an important sector of the Albanian economy. Aquaculture has faced a development, as an important sector with prospect for the domestic economy. Fishing data are collected by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development based on the GFCM (General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean) methodology based on fishing fleet segments, collection of logbooks from ships, interviews with aquaculture operators, etc. Data on fish catching are collected by water categories and at country level.

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Fishing data provides users with information about the development of fisheries and aquaculture in the country.

Legal basis

  • Law no. 9180, date 5.2.2004 “On Official Statistics “, amended;
  • Official Statistics Program 2017 – 2021

Main variables:

Fish catch by water categories:

  • Marine,
  • Coastal line,
  • Coastal lagoons,
  • Inland waters,
  • Aquaculture

Sources for updating variables

For calculating fishing data, INSTAT uses administrative information provided by the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Administration.

Definitions

Fishing

Fish catch data (fish and aquaculture production) are collected by water categories.

The aquatic fisheries categories are: marine fishing, brackish waters, lagoons, inland waters, aquaculture and molluscs.

Maritime Fishing: Includes all data on fishing fleet activity and production capacity of different fishing areas.

Fleet

Is total number of fishing vessel which uses fixed resources.

Fishing capacity

The total quantity of catched fish in one fishing area. The catches are sub-divided by the area in which they were taken.

Aquaculture

It is defined as the farming of aquatic organisms. Include fish, mollusks, crustaceans and aquatic plants.