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Part I Statistics and main indicators

  1. Country brief
  2. General geographic and economic indicators
  3. FAO Fisheries statistics

The Profile (2003)

    Additional information

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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 05-2015

    Equatorial Guinea comprises a mainland area as well as five inhabited oceanic islands, the two most important of which are Annobon and Bioko. The Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) covers an area of around 314 000 km2.

    In 2013, total capture production was about 8 600 tonnes, including 1 000 tonnes of inland water catches. More than half of marine catch was composed of sardinella and other small pelagics. In the last several years, significant quantities (1 500-3 100 tonnes per year) of tuna catches caught by the national industrial fleet were reported.

    Fishing is both industrial (mainly licensed foreign trawlers) and artisanal, with canoes, using handlines and small seines. In 2013 a total of 400 fishing vessels with engines and 700 vessels without engines were reported. Aquaculture production is still negligible, at around 15 tonnes of tilapias and other freshwater fishes in the recent years. Some of the shrimp and high-value fish species are processed and frozen onboard for export. “The value of African fisheries” study estimated about 4 200 people had jobs directly in the fisheries and aquaculture sector, and additional 10 000 people in fish processing in 2011.

    In 2013, imports of fish and fishery products were estimated at USD 26 million and exports were USD 40 000.

    Annual per capita fish consumption recorded in 2011 was 25.9 kg, contributing around 40 percent of animal protein supply and 23 percent of total protein supply to the population.

    Information available in 2011 indicates that the fishing effort directed at demersal species was low. Tuna is seasonally present in the waters of Equatorial Guinea.

    The sector has had little support in terms of infrastructure, training and capacity building for appropriate management enforcement. Improved utilization of fisheries resources is even more critical considering that domestic agricultural production is deficient, covering only 30 percent of the internal demand, with the remaining demand met through imports. Illegal Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing is also a major regional concern.

    Since July 1997, Equatorial Guinea is a Party to the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and to the 1993 FAO Compliance Agreement.

    General geographic and economic indicators

    Table 1 - General Geographic and Economic Data - The Republic of Equatorial Guinea

    Shelf area 12 111km2 Sea around us:
    Length of continental coastline 296 km

    World By Map:

    Fisheries GVA Not Available  

    Key statistics

    Country area28 050km2FAOSTAT. Official data, 2013
    Land area28 050km2FAOSTAT. Official data, 2013
    Inland water area0km2Computed. Calculated, 2013
    Population - Est. & Proj.0.864millionsFAOSTAT. Official data, 2018
    Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) area305 490km2VLIZ

    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 – Employment and Fleet Statistics - The Republic of Equatorial Guinea

          1980 1990 2000 2010 2012 2013 2014
    EMPLOYMENT (thousands) 1.51 2.48 9.22 4.27
      Aquaculture 0.90 0.03
      Capture 1.51 2.48 8.32 4.24
        Inland 4.33 1.95
        Marine 1.51 2.48 4.00 2.30
    FLEET(thousands vessels) 0.47 0.47 1.10
    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 2003The 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.

    Texto completo del Perfíl sobre la Pesca y la Acuicultura disponible en /fishery/docs/DOCUMENT/fcp/es/FI_CP_GQ.pdf

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