Fish Species of Izmir Coasts
Countless fish species live in the waters of İzmir, which has a coastline of 629 kilometers. In Izmir, the pearl of the Aegean, which is richer than the Marmara and the Black Sea with the Mediterranean in terms of fish species diversity, there are over 200 fish species in the Gulf and its surroundings.
Fishing in the bay, which is the breeding, feeding and development area of many fish species with an area of 200 square kilometers and a water capacity of 11.5 billion cubic meters, has become a very important industry for the region thanks to suitable fishing areas, and ports with high capacity for the fishing boats.
The main fishing centers in İzmir from north to south are Dikili, Çandarlı, Aliağa, Foça, Homa Dalyan and its surroundings, Güzelbahçe, Urla, Özbek, Mordoğan, Karaburun, Yeni Liman, Dalyanköy, Çeşme, Sığacık, and Gümüldür.
Fishes of Izmir
Sardines are the most popular fish species in İzmir with a production volume of approximately 467 tons. It is followed by anchovy, with a production volume of approximately 390 tons.
Apart from these two species, the mullet, bogue, and European shad are among the leading fishes of İzmir in terms of production volume, respectively.
With a total production volume of 191 tons, red mullet is the symbol fish of Izmir and the first species that comes to mind when one asks about "the most delicious fish in Izmir".
In the north of the Gulf, there are kinds of gray mullet such as chub, mavraki, sarıkulak, and ceran.
Sea bream and sea bass are also popular species in Izmir.
Sole fish and eel are also among the fish farmed in Izmir, although their production capacity is more limited.
Mediterranean red coral, striped seabream, ısparoz, bonito, mackerel, horse mackerel, and black mackerel can also be seen on the menus of fish restaurants in Izmir depending on the season.
In addition to sea fish, a significant amount of seafood such as octopus, squid, cuttlefish, and shrimp are also caught in İzmir.