Comparing commercial seaweed production volumes by country...

The top ten producing countries contribute 96% of the world's commercial seaweed volume of over two million tons. About 50% of world production is cultivated. The seven top seaweed farming countries produce 99% of  the volume. East Asia and Western Europe predominate. 

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Total metric tons/yr of seaweed production (cultivated + wild)
Rank Country Total mt/yr % total % cumulated
  World 2,165,675 100 n/a
1 China 698,529 32 32
2 France 616,762 28 60
3 U K 205,500 9 70
4 Japan 123,074 6 76
5 Chile 109,308 5 81
6 Philippines 95,912 4 85
7 Korea, N 71,435 3 88
8 Korea, S 67,050 3 92
9 Indonesia 46,894 2 94
10 Norway 40,632 2 96
11 USA 15,143 1 96
12 Canada 12,702 1 97
13 Ireland 10,614 0 97
14 Mexico 10,405 0 98
15 Morocco 6,950 0 98
16 Russia 5,000 0 98
17 Tanzania 5,000 0 99
18 Iceland 4,400 0 99
19 Australia 4,020 0 99
20 Malaysia 4,001 0 99
21 India 3,003 0 99
22 Argentina 2,321 0 99
23 Portugal 1,302 0 99
24 S. Africa 1,278 0 100
25 Spain 1,266 0 100
26 Namibia 835 0 100
27 Madagascar 800 0 100
28 Kiribati 496 0 100
29 Vietnam 400 0 100
30 Thailand 200 0 100
31 Peru 194 0 100
32 Denmark 100 0 100
33 Fiji 100 0 100
34 N. Zealand 50 0 100
Total metric tons/yr of seaweed
(cultivated only)
Country Total mt/yr % total % cumulated
World 1,100,199 100 n/a
China 675,229 61 61
Japan 107,360 10 71
Philippines 90,912 8 79
Korea, N 70,045 6 85
Korea, S 65,740 6 91
Indonesia 46,894 4 96
Chile 34,218 3 99
Tanzania 5,000 0 100
Malaysia 4,001 0 100
Kiribati 496 0 100
Thailand 200 0 100
Fiji 100 0 100
Canada n/a n/a n/a
India n/a n/a n/a
Madagascar n/a n/a n/a
 

 
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