National Marine Ecosystem Diagnostic Analysis (MEDA)- Seychelles

United Nations Development Programme (2012)

The Seychelles economy is dependent on tourism and fisheries. The fishery sector has three main components, namely the artisanal fishery, semi-industrial fishery and industrial fisheries. In 2008, the total catch from the artisanal fishery was 4,777 tonnes. The major species groups targeted are Carangidae, Lutjanidae, Lethrinidae and Serranidae. The industrial component of the Seychelles fishing sector is made up of the foreign owned purse seiners and industrial distant waters longliners with license to operate in the Seychelles EEZ. The industrial fishers target mainly tuna and tuna like species. The semi-industrial fishery comprises of the monofilament longline fishery and major species targeted are swordfish (Xiphias gladius) averaging 60%, yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) 20% and big eye tuna (Thunnus obesus) 20%. The estimated catch by the semi-industrial fleet is around 233 tonnes of which 98 tonnes were swordfish, followed by 59 tonnes of big eye tuna and 44 tonnes of yellowfin tuna. The small-scale fisheries, which includes the artisanal, contributes between 1% and 2% to GDP annually, while the fisheries sector as a whole contributes 7.7% of the GDP

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