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The Profile (2019)

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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 briefPrepared: August 2019

    Although Libya has a Mediterranean coastline almost 2 000 km long with an ancient history of human settlements, fishing tradition has not particularly developed in the Libyan society. Fishery production, however, has increased since the 1970s until the political turmoil through extensive public investments in ports and onshore infrastructure and services. Initiatives were also taken to strengthen administrative, technical, and research agency support for the sector.

    No official data are available for Libya since the last few years. The estimated capture fisheries in 2017 was 32 000 tonnes, about half of the production prior to the civil war, while aquaculture production was estimated at 10 tonnes, well below the nearly 400 tonnes estimated in mid 2000s. Per capita fish consumption was estimated at about 17.4 kg in 2016. In 2017, fish imports were estimated at USD 173 million and fish exports at USD 36 million. A total of 4 534 vessels were estimated for 2017 with most under 24 meters, length overall. The last available estimate for employment was 480 people engaged in aquaculture and 50 603 people engaged in fishing.
    General geographic and economic indicators

    Key statistics

    Country area1 759 540km2FAOSTAT. Official data, 2013
    Land area1 759 540km2FAOSTAT. Official data, 2013
    Inland water area0km2Computed. Calculated, 2013
    Population - Est. & Proj.6.986millionsFAOSTAT. Official data, 2019
    Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) area364 696km2VLIZ
    GDP (current US$)48 364millionsWorld Bank. 2018
    GDP per capita (current US$)7 242US$World Bank. 2018
    Agriculture, forestry, and fishing, value added1.85% of GDPWorld Bank. 2008

    Source: FAO Country Profile

    FAO Fisheries statistics

    Updated 2019The 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_LY.pdf

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