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    Part I Statistics and main indicators

    Part I of the Fishery and Aquaculture Country Profile is compiled using the most up-to-date information available from the FAO Country briefs and Statistics programmes at the time of publication. The Country Brief and the FAO Fisheries Statistics provided in Part I may, however, have been prepared at different times, which would explain any inconsistencies.

    Country briefUpdated 12-2016

    Dominica is a Caribbean island of volcanic mountains located in the Caribbean Sea. It has a total area of 751 km2 and a coastline of 148 km. Dominica claims a territorial sea of 12 nautical miles and has an Exclusive Economic Zone of 200 nautical miles. The fishing fleet reported to FAO in 2012 consisted of 419 multipurpose vessels, mostly motorized vessels of less than 12 m.

    Dominica supported a population of approximately 72 000 in 2013. Fish landings, which showed a decreasing trend from about 800 tonnes in 2009 to 540 tonnes in 2014, are sold fresh to local consumers. There is no facility for processing and storage, resulting in wastage when the supply of pelagic fish exceeds local demand. Exports of fish and fishery products are rather limited, FAO estimates for 2014 a total of USD 5 000 in 2013). Fishery resources are underutilized as a source of domestic nutrition and food security, employment generation and foreign currency earnings.

    The fisheries sub-sector provides direct jobs to 1 383 people, mainly in marine coastal fishing in 2012. Since the crash of Dominican banana production, many farmers have become dependent on fishing to make a living. Additionally, there is greater demand for fish in the country, which is directly correlated to an increase in the number of tourists visiting Dominica. In 2014, imports of fish and fishery products were valued at USD 2.6 million. Per capita fish consumption is significant, amounting to 26.4 kg in 2010.

    Presently there are an estimated 11 hectares of aquaculture operations in Dominica, with estimated 1 tonnes of freshwater prawns and 5 tonnes of tilapia annual production in recent years.

    Dominica is subject to hurricanes from July to October. This can have a grave impact on the tourism infrastructure and natural resources, thus reducing local demand for fisheries production by the tourism industry.

    The country is signatory to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. The country has not yet ratified the 1993 FAO Compliance Agreement, the 1995 UN Fish Stocks Agreement and 2009 FAO Port State Measures Agreement. However, at the 14th session of the FAO Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC) in 2012, the country actively supported a resolution to strengthen the implementation of international fisheries instruments in the region.
    General geographic and economic indicators

    Table 1 - General Geographic and Economic Data - The Commonwealth of Dominica

    Shelf area 356 km2

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    Length of continental coastline 148 km

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    Fisheries GVA (2011) 0.42% National GDP

    Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM): Statistics and Information Report 2012

    Key statistics

    Country area750km2FAOSTAT. Official data, 2013
    Land area750km2FAOSTAT. Official data, 2013
    Inland water area0km2Computed. Calculated, 2013
    Population - Est. & Proj.0.068millionsFAOSTAT. Official data, 2018
    Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) area28 653km2VLIZ
    GDP (current US$)563millionsWorld Bank. 2017
    GDP per capita (current US$)7 610US$World Bank. 2017
    Agriculture, forestry, and fishing, value added15.68% of GDPWorld Bank. 2017

    Source: FAO Country Profile

    FAO Fisheries statisticsTable 2 in this section is based on statistics prepared by the Statistics and Information Branch of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department and disseminated in 2016. The charts are based on the same source but these are automatically updated every year with the most recent disseminated statistics.

    Table 2 – Fisheries statistics – The Commonwealth of Dominica

          1980 1990 2000 2010 2012 2013 2014
    EMPLOYMENT (thousands) 1.50 2.50 2.24 1.54 1.38 1.34
      Capture 1.50 2.50 2.24 1.54 1.38 1.34
        Marine 1.50 2.50 2.24 1.54 1.38 1.34
    FLEET(thousands vessels) 0.42 0.43
    Source: FAO Fishery and Aquaculture Statistics
    1) Due to roundings total may not sum up

    Please note: Fishery statistical data here presented exclude the production for marine mammals, crocodiles, corals, sponges, pearls, mother-of-pearl and aquatic plants.


    Updated 2002The Profile

    This country profile provides statistics and indicators produced through FAO’s Statistics programmes, supplemented with information derived from national and other sources and valid at the time of compilation.

    Full text of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Country Profile available at /fishery/docs/DOCUMENT/fcp/en/FI_CP_DM.pdf

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