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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

    Fisheries are important to the Republic of Sierra Leone, as these contribute to food security and export earnings. Fisheries contributed 9.1 percent of the national GDP in 2010.

    Capture production in 2017 is estimated at 202100 tonnes, of which 2100 tonnes are from inland water production. The large increase of marine capture production since 2004 is the consequence of a new frame survey which produced revised raising factors for artisanal fisheries. Waters in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) are also exploited by foreign fleets through fisheries agreements with the Sierra Leone government.

    The industrial sector operates mainly from the capital city, Freetown. It consists of an estiated total of 138 decked vessels and includes trawlers or shrimpers which produce fish for the local market but also produce high-priced export products such as shrimp, cuttlefish, spiny lobster and demersal finfish. A significant portion of the fleet is made up of foreign vessels operating under licence agreements as well as joint-venture arrangements. These vessels exploit pelagic as well as demersal stocks. Artisanal fishing activities are carried out by an estimated 7 395 canoes (2017) and employing about 44 000 fishers all along the coast (2017). The artisanal marine fisheries sector produces about 70 percent of fish consumed on the domestic market.

    Inland fisheries are found in rivers, lakes, flood plains and swamps. Inland fishing is mostly undertaken at subsistence level with involvement about 27 000 fishers.

    Introduced in the 1970s with fish farming and oyster culture, aquaculture has not well developed despite repeated efforts. Annual production of aquaculture is estimated at 85 tonnes in recent years from about 2 500 small family fish ponds.

    In 2017 exports of fish and fishery products were valued at USD 10.4 million and imports at USD 2.8 million. Annual per capita consumption of fish was estimated at 26.6 kg in 2016 - among the highest in the continent.
    General geographic and economic indicators

    Key statistics

    Country area72 300km2FAOSTAT. Country data reported by International Organizations where the country is a member (Semi-official) - WTO, EU, UNSD, etc., 2013
    Land area72 180km2FAOSTAT. Expert sources from FAO (including other divisions), 2013
    Inland water area120km2Computed. Calculated, 2013
    Population - Est. & Proj.7.044millionsFAOSTAT. Official data, 2019
    Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) area161 275km2VLIZ

    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_SL.pdf

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