The fishing industry in Kazakhstan is an important sector that contributes to the country's economy and provides employment opportunities for local communities. With its vast water resources, including the Caspian Sea and numerous rivers and lakes, Kazakhstan has a diverse range of fish species that are harvested for both domestic consumption and export.
Fishermen of the Atyrau-balyk fish-processing plant draw the nets. Fishing season started in the Ural River estuary, the northern part of the Caspian Sea. Image Credit IMAGO with appropriate permission.


The country has recognised the potential of fish farming to meet the increasing demand for seafood and reduce reliance on imports. As a result, the government has implemented various initiatives to promote and support the aquaculture industry, such as providing financial incentives, improving infrastructure, and offering technical assistance to farmers. This commitment has led to an expansion of fish farms across the country, contributing to food security, economic growth, and employment opportunities in rural areas.

Rapid growth

Aquaculture in Kazakhstan has seen significant growth over the past decade. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the country's aquaculture production has more than tripled between 2008 and 2018. This growth can be attributed to various factors such as favorable climatic conditions, government support, and increasing demand for fish products.

Diverse Species

Kazakhstan's aquaculture industry is known for its diverse range of fish species. The country produces a variety of freshwater fish including carp, trout, sturgeon, and catfish, among others. The cultivation of these different species not only provides a wide range of options for consumers but also contributes to the conservation and sustainable management of fish populations in the region.

Latest Work

We are dedicated to fostering collaboration with Kazakhstan to enhance fishing safety and promote sustainable development in the industry

Establishing a Regional Safety Code of Practice for Aquaculture and Fishery in Kazakhstan

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the FISH Safety Foundation (FSF) have recently successfully implemented Train the Trainer, Safety at Sea training in Kenya and Mauritius.
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Fishing boat on the shores of the Aral Sea - Kazakhstan

Locations in Kazakhstan

Key People

Eric Holliday
Chief Executive

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