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Top 10 Countries with the Most Fishermen

Name the countries that have the highest number of people working in the fisheries industry.
For the year 2014, according to FAOSTAT
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Last updated: June 29, 2023
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First submittedFebruary 11, 2017
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People
Country
9.79 mil
India
9.17 mil
China
2.98 mil
Myanmar
2.67 mil
Indonesia
1.91 mil
Philippines
People
Country
1.71 mil
Bangladesh
1.48 mil
Nigeria
0.877 mil
Brazil
0.530 mil
Vietnam
0.440 mil
D.R. Congo
52 Comments
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Level 28
Feb 12, 2017
Great quiz! As always Quizmaster !

8/10. Managed to get drc and bangledesh but not china or india

*facepalm*

Thx 4 the awesome quizes keep it up Quizie!

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Level 44
Aug 22, 2023
just men?
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Level 77
Feb 12, 2017
So it would seem that the ones high on the "catching most fish" and not appearing on this one are the ones that are overfishing.
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Level 59
Feb 12, 2017
Most fishermen says the quiz...
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Level 60
Aug 23, 2023
sillie knows, they're comparing the quizzes.
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Level 94
Feb 12, 2017
More they have industrial fishing industries - countries like Japan, South Korea, USA use high tech trawlers to fish. The countries on this list are poorer and include a lot of subsistance fishing, or labour intensive fishing methods.

Whether or not they are overfishing is unrelated. In fact this list probably has more overfishing countries since they are developing nations with less environmental regulations.

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Level 91
Jun 22, 2017
That would be like assuming that countries that grow the most food with the least amount of farmers are over farming. They just have more advanced economies/technologies and do not need to use labor intensive methods. Almost every country here is highly populated with a very large percentage of the population living in abject poverty. Primitive bank fishing is pretty much cost free and unlike farming doesn't require that you own/possess/hold a tract of land from other people and protect the crops from pests for several months.
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Level 75
Dec 20, 2019
I'm not a world traveler and don't know the regulations in every country, but in the countries I am familiar with, bank fishing still requires one to own the land from which one fishes unless one chooses to trespass and risk being cited. The alternative is to fish on public land but that usually requires the purchase of various permits. I just looked up the fishing regs of the Congo. They charge fees for all types of fishing permits just like any other government who sees a way to sneak in an extra tax by calling it a "fee". Even primitive fishing is no longer cost free.
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Level 72
Aug 22, 2023
I would guess almost no one in DRC follows that regulation
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Level 65
Feb 12, 2017
The link in the first caveat doesn't work
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Level ∞
Feb 12, 2017
Fixed
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Level 74
Jun 22, 2017
Can you make a similar quiz but by percentage of the population?
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Level 83
Feb 12, 2017
Fishermen?
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Level 56
Jun 22, 2017
Quizmaster seems reluctant to fix typos.
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Level 71
Mar 23, 2019
Typo in the title
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Level 79
Dec 20, 2019
There's a typo in the quiz title
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Level 37
Feb 12, 2017
How did a nearly completely landlocked country end up on this list
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Level 75
Feb 13, 2017
I was wondering that as well. Something seems fishy about that...

...I'll see myself out..

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Level 84
Feb 13, 2017
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Level 86
Feb 13, 2017
You can fish in a river.
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Level 70
Feb 15, 2017
And lakes
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Level 91
Jun 22, 2017
Something tells me that the majority of fishermen in these countries aren't jumping on the Northwestern and motoring 100 miles to the fishing grounds before throwing out their lines/pots. The vast majority are fishing from the banks/wading and the really prosperous ones might have a 10 foot boat with a couple of paddles.
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Level 22
Jun 22, 2017
The DRC has 37 km of coastline due to its western panhandle.
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Level 78
Nov 1, 2022
Which country is completely landlocked?
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Level 60
Aug 23, 2023
Nearly, not entirely. DRC.
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Level 70
Jun 22, 2017
When you have giant rivers like the Congo, Ubangi and Kasai running through your country for a couple of thousand miles and most of your population live along the rivers, then, you have lots of fisherpeople.
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Level 45
Jun 22, 2017
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day...

Teach a man to fish and you'll soon have a boat full of empty beer cans.

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Level 41
Jun 22, 2017
enjoyed that but would never have picked DRC
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Level 37
Jun 22, 2017
1:14 left on first try.. :)
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Level 74
Jun 22, 2017
Fun quiz!

'd be great to expand this quiz to include 3 columns:

1. Most number of fishermen;

2. Highest fishermen over entire population ratio;

3. Most fish caught.

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Level 54
Jun 23, 2017
Many of these countries are also home to massive amounts of cheap labor that are tapped into by fishing companies for crew.
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Level 31
Apr 6, 2018
Too fish-centric.
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Level 79
Dec 20, 2019
Ichthyocentric*
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Level 48
Aug 27, 2023
nerd
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Level 86
Oct 24, 2018
Man, the Americas are just not that into fishing, huh?
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Level 59
Dec 20, 2019
More regulations
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Level 93
May 10, 2019
I often guess South Africa on quizzes and its never there. Same here. Come on South Africa, you've got plenty of coast!
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Level 64
Dec 20, 2019
Surprised USA or Japan was not on that list
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Level 86
Dec 20, 2019
Chile? Nope.

Argentina? Nope.

Colombia? Nope.

Okay, abandoning South America now.

Darn you, Brazil!

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Level 85
Dec 20, 2019
No Finland? (Har, Har)
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Level 70
May 30, 2022
Go fishing with Joe Pesci, and end up sleeping with the fishes.
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Level 68
Aug 22, 2023
Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes
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Level 33
Mar 7, 2023
When I got DRC, I was thinking of how small its coast is. Then realised even rivers have fish 😀
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Level 68
Aug 22, 2023
^
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Level 68
Aug 22, 2023
Just missed Nigeria, got DRC at the last second, wasn't expecting that cuz I forgot about rivers just like the above comment
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Level 54
Aug 22, 2023
same here lmao
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Level 47
Aug 22, 2023
No USA??
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Level 54
Aug 22, 2023
followed the population in SE to help out
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Level 48
Aug 22, 2023
I totally expected Thailand, Pakistan and Sri Lanka to be on there. I would never guess, that Myanmar has bigger number than them.
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Level 56
Aug 23, 2023
No Luxembourg??? How is Bolivia not on this list?
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Level 60
Aug 23, 2023
Both are landlocked and Luxembourg's entire population would only place 9th on the list.
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Level 72
Feb 2, 2024
Wow, you're right. Someone should make a joke about that.