The country of 25 million people is a great market for tilapia. Annual national fish consumption is estimated at between 250,000 and 300,000 Mt with annual local catches averaging 80,000 Mt. (Anon. 1997). Considering that fish is comparatively cheaper than meat, most people are able to afford it. In 2001, about 67 percent of the annual average per capita fish consumption of 13.2 kg. was provided from imports. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Figures from the FAO data base reveal that in 2012, fish catch and aquaculture production in the country was estimated at 75,611 and 3,729 Mt respectively, making the total production 79,331 Mt/Annum. Based on the FAO figures, with about 67% of market consumption coming from imports, the total fish market in Ivory Coast is calculated at approximately 240,000 Mt/annum.
Another area that has been successful for Ivory Coast exports imports is fishing. In fact, the largest tuna fishing port has been in operating at Abidjan since 1964. Every year, approximately 100,000 tons of tuna are processed. In addition, commercial fishing for tuna and sardines accounts for much of the economy, and fish hatcheries have been established in Korhogo, Bamoro, and Bouake. Economy Watch