The total number of fishing vessels in the world in 2016 was estimated to be about 4. 6 million, unchanged from 2014. The fleet in Asia was the largest, consisting of 3. 5 million vessels, accounting for 75 percent of the global fleet. In Africa and North America the estimated number of vessels declined from 2014 by just over 30 000 and by nearly 5 000, respectively. For Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean and Oceania the numbers all increased, largely as a result of improvements in estimation procedures.