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Part I Statistics and main indicators

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  2. General geographic and economic indicators
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The Profile (2005)

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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 11-2016

    Guyana encompasses a geographic area of 215 000 km² with a population of approximately 767 000 people (2015). The fishery sector is of critical importance to the economy and to social well-being of the country. In 2014, the fisheries sector has contributed with 1.8 percent to the national GDP. Total capture production reported in 2014 was about 37 700 tonnes, a decrease after the recent peak reached at 53 800 tonnes in 2012 thanks to good catches of shrimps that are the major fishery resource. In 2014, exports of fish and fishery products were valued at USD 73.8 million (with a significant share of crustaceans), while imports were worth USD 3.2 million.

    Fish is the major source of animal protein in Guyana. It is estimated that per capita annual consumption of fish was 25.8 kg in 2013 (down from 40 kg in 2003). In 2014, the fishery sector employed about 7 500 people, of which 6 250 in marine coastal fishing, 1 125 in inland water fishing and 131 in aquaculture.

    In Guyana, capture fisheries is undertaken by artisanal fishers and by an industrial fishing fleet composed of trawlers and hand-liners, including some foreign flagged, licensed vessels. Most of Guyana’s fishing effort occurs in the relatively shallow waters of the continental shelf. In 2014 the small-scale fishery fleet reported to FAO consisted of over 600 vessels ranging in size from 6 to 24 m, of which the majority (51 percent) were gill netters.

    Aquaculture has been practiced for many years using mostly low-input culture method in brackishwater and freshwater pond employing cachama (tambaqui), tilapia, and white leg shrimp as the major target species. Aquaculture production was only 367 tonnes in 2014, consisting of the three said major species plus a few native species. The Guyana Aquaculture Association, formed in 2006, with guidance and assistance provided by USAID/GTIS, is focusing on a market-led strategy.

    The overall strategy of Government is to increase landings and production by developing the fisheries of underexploited stocks such as the deep slope and pelagic species, and expanding aquaculture. Simultaneously, the Government is attempting to improve management of the fisheries to achieve sustainable levels of production, productivity and real incomes.

    In November 1993, Guyana became Party to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
    General geographic and economic indicators

    Table 1 - General Geographic and Economic Data – Republic of Guyana

    Shelf area 50,506 km2 Sea around us:
    Length of continental coastline 459 km World by Map:
    Fisheries GDP (2014) 1,8% Nat GDP Bureau of Statistics(Guyana):

    Key statistics

    Country area214 970km2FAOSTAT. Official data, 2013
    Land area196 850km2FAOSTAT. Expert sources from FAO (including other divisions), 2013
    Inland water area18 120km2Computed. Calculated, 2013
    Population - Est. & Proj.0.769millionsFAOSTAT. Official data, 2018
    Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) area135 625km2VLIZ
    GDP (current US$)3 676millionsWorld Bank. 2017
    GDP per capita (current US$)4 725US$World Bank. 2017
    Agriculture, forestry, and fishing, value added12.68% 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 – Employment and Fleet Statistics - Republic of Guyana

          1980 1990 2000 2010 2012 2013 2014
    EMPLOYMENT (thousands) 6.50 4.03 6.57 8.45 10.40 7.83 7.50
      Aquaculture 0.10 0.15 0.20 0.13 0.13
      Capture 6.50 4.03 6.47 8.30 10.20 7.71 7.37
        Inland 0.20 1.80 1.80 1.13 1.13
        Marine 6.50 4.03 6.27 6.50 8.40 6.58 6.25
    FLEET(thousands vessels) .... .... .... 1.33 ... .... 1.16
    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 2005The 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_GY.pdf

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