CAPE VERDE: FISHERY PROFILE


The following information was prepared for a conference in 1993 with the cooperation of the Embassy of Cape Verde in Washington, DC and includes data gleaned from USAID/Project Monitor FDSS, and FAO Fisheries Circulars #314, #810, and #815. As soon as more recent information becomes available it will be posted.

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FEATURES

Land Area: 4,033 km2 Continental Shelf Area: 10,150 km2 Length of Coastline: 2,000 km Territorial Seas: 12 nautical miles Inland Waters: 0 Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ): 200km EEZ Area: (estimated) 734,265 km2 EEZ a % of Land Area: 18,220%

MACRO-ECONOMIC INDICATORS

Languages: Portuguese and Cape Verdean Kriolu Population: (July 1990) - 374,984 Population Growth Rate - 3.0% Labor Force (1985 est.) - 102,000 Agricultural Population (1985) 138,149 Literacy - 48% GDP (Curent Prices -1987) - $458 million Per Capita GDP (1987 est.) $494. Real Growth Rate (1987) - 6.1% Inflation Rate (Consumer Prices-1987) - 3.8% Agricultural GDP (1985 estimate) - $58,140 Fishery in Agricultural GDP (1985) - 15% % Fishermen in Agricultural Population - 6.5% % Fishermen in Labor Force - 3.7%

INDUSTRY INDICATORS

No. of Non-Decked Vessels: (Small Scale Artisanal boats - 1985) - 1,173 % Motorized - 32% No. of Decked Vessels (Industrial) : Trawler - 0 Purse Seiner - 0 Multipurpose - 67 Other - 8 No. of Fishermen: 3,730 Artisanal: 2,600 Industrial: 300 Part-Time: 830 Storage Capacity on Land: Cold Store - 14,000 m3 Freezing - 80 t/d Ice Plant - 20 t/d Present Capacity Utilization of Cold Storage: Less than 20%

FISHERY RESOURCES

Estimated Potential: Marine - 41,300 (mt/y) Domestic Production: Marine 5,372 (mt/y) % Produced : 22% Major Species & Share of Domestic Production - Yellowfin Tuna 33%, Sailfish 32%, Skipjack 27% Gross Value of Fishery Products - $3.8 million (1988) Imports: Quantity - 85 (mt/y) Exports: Quantity - 1,124 (mt/y) Fish Supply /Consumption (1988) - 4,333 mt Per Capita Fish Supply (1988) 11.6 kg Fish Trade Balance (1988) - $1.6 million Fish as a % of Animal Protein Supply - 43.7% Fish as a % of Total Protein Supply - 43.0% Estimate Post Harvest Loss - 25% of total catch Fish for non-food uses - 0

RESTRICTIONS

- Use of explosives for fishing is prohibited. - Fishing for marine mammals is prohibited. - Fishing for marine turtles is prohibited. - Fishing for lobster is reserved to Cape Verdean nationals. - Bottom trawling by non-nationals is prohibited.

EXISTING FREIGHT SERVICE (1994)

Air Freight: Amilcar Cabral International Airport (code = SID) Ilha do Sal, Cape Verde South African Airways service to JFK, New York TAP (Portuguese Airways) and TACV (Cape Verde Airways) service to Lisbon, Portugal TACV service to Amsterdam TACV, the national carrier, will be expanding its international service in 1996. Ocean Freight: LINMAC Ltd. regular monthly cargo service from Ports of Mindelo and Praia to New Bedford, Mass. (Service will be expanded in 1995). Tel: (508) 992-6310 FAX: (508) 992-4771

Addresses:

Embassy of Cape Verde, 3415 Massachusetts Av, NW, Washington, DC 20007 Tel: (202) 965-6820 FAX: (202) 965-1207

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