Document Type : Review paper
The present study shows that Turkish fishery products comprise commercially important 65 sea fish, 28 other sea products (i.e., crustaceans, mollusks), 20 freshwater products and 5 aquacultured species (trout, carp, sea bream, sea bass and mussel). During the 2006-2010 period, the quantity of fishery products in Turkey varied from a low of 623 191 tons in 2009 to high of 772 323 tons in 2007. During this period the value of fishery products in Turkey varied from a low of 1 159 895 000 USD in 2009 to high of 1 726 241 000 USD in 2006. There was an increase in the contribution of aquacultured products to total fishery production. However, the contribution of freshwater products to total fishery production was relatively small and there was a decrease in the contribution of freshwater products to total fishery production in recent years. It can be concluded that Turkey produces important values of fishery products and has a great potential for the development of these products, but this potential has not been employed competently. In order to increase fish production, it is necessary to plan and implement a strategy by the Authorities to resolve the problems of fisheries in Turkey.