Aquaculture sector is increasing in the last years, accounting for 46 % of the total production and 52 % of fish for human consumption. Nowadays, an estimated 20.5 million people are linked to the primary sector of aquaculture.
In 2018, aquaculture fish production was dominated by finfish, molluscs, and crustaceans. In spite of, some sea cucumber species as Apostichopus japonicus reached important aquaculture production, increasing its production from 126.6 thousand tonnes in 2010 to 176.8 thousand tonnes in 2018. Other species as Holothuria scabra are also showing important aquaculture production, to cover the increasing demand from Asian countries.