Significance to humans

Mullets are important food fishes, caught in subsistence and commercial fisheries, and are used in aquaculture in many parts of the world. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) statistics give the global commercial capture of mullets for 2000 as 409,892 metric tons (26% from China). Global aquaculture of mullets in 2000 was 100,091 metric tons (80% coming from Egypt), with a value of almost $333.4 million dollars.

1. Large-scale mullet (Liza grandisquamis); 2. Shark mullet (Rhinomugil nasutus); 3. Flathead mullet (Mugil cephalus); 4. Mountain mullet (Agonos-tomus monticola). (Illustration by Barbara Duperron)

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