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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

    Seychelles comprises 115 islands with a terrestrial area of 240 km2 and an exclusive economic zone of 1.3 million km2. The population of 94700 (2017) largely resides on three main granitic islands of a large submerged mid-oceanic shelf (Mahe Plateau).

    With the development of industrial tuna fisheries in the Western Indian Ocean, Seychelles has progressed considerably over the last three decades. It is a regional hub and hosts the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC).

    Although industrial fisheries are a major pillar of the economy, artisanal fisheries remain of great importance for food security, employment and cultural identity. Revenue and capacity building generated by the industrial fisheries sub-sector have supported significant national investment in the development and management of artisanal fisheries, and the two sub-sectors have complemented each other well.

    Between 2007 and 2014 total capture production has been fluctuating between 65000 and 87000 tonnes, raising from 2015 and reaching 136200 tonnes in 2017. Over 95 percent of the catches are usually of tuna species caught by industrial Seychelles-flagged vessels, and mainly exported. The direct contribution of fisheries to the national economy (GDP) was about 1.2 percent in 2013 and an additional 2.9 percent by food manufacture. Purse seine and long-line fisheries for tuna, mostly undertaken by foreign licensed vessels, constitute the industrial fisheries sub-sector. Seychelles has a semi-industrial sub-sector comprising of smaller long-line vessels fishing for swordfish, tuna and shark. Artisanal fisheries exploit a high diversity of species and habitats with wide array of boat-gear combinations and strategies and produce some 4 500 tonnes per year. At last estimate nearly 200 undecked vessels were reported with more than seventy percent less than 24 meters in length. Half of the 154 decked vessels that were reported were less than 18 meters in length. In 2017 the long line and purse seine fleet was reported with 81 vessels with most between 36-60 meters, LOA. Fisheries provided direct employment of 1 810 people in 2017. In addition, food manufacture provides a large number of jobs including a tuna canning factory with annual throughput of 90 000 tonnes that is the largest single employer in the country. There is a high reliance on marine resources for protein. With 58.9 kg of fish/caput/year (2017), Seychelles is among the higher per-capita-fish-consuming countries in the world. In 2017, imports of fish and fishery products reached USD 165 million, while exports were valued at USD 525 million.
    General geographic and economic indicators

    Key statistics

    Country area455km2FAOSTAT. Official data, 2013
    Land area455km2FAOSTAT. Expert sources from FAO (including other divisions), 2013
    Inland water area0km2Computed. Calculated, 2013
    Population - Est. & Proj.0.089millionsFAOSTAT. Official data, 2019
    Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) area1 347 251km2VLIZ

    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_SC.pdf

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