Tilapia, another popular cultured product, is estimated to reach 1.5 million tons in 2012, up from 1.4 million tons in 2011. After a decade of rapid development averaging an annual growth rate of 11 percent, cultured tilapia production growth slowed in 2010 following abnormal weather conditions, but
rebounded eight percent in 2011. 2012 cultured tilapia production continues to rise in response to increased domestic and foreign market demand, with export volume climbing 12 percent in the first ten months of 2012 over the previous year. Some fairly serious challenges threaten the overall rebound,
Guangdong, Guangxi, Fujian and Hainan continue to
be the top four tilapia producers with combined production of 1.29 million tons in 2011, representing 90 percent of total tilapia production. Yunnan province increased its cultured tilapia production 30 percent this year to 77, 000 tons due to expanded facilities.
See GAIN report