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Saint Kitts and Nevis Coastal pelagic fishery
Fishery  Fact Sheet
WECAFC Fishery Resources Report 2020
Saint Kitts and Nevis Coastal pelagic fishery
Fact Sheet Citation  
Coastal pelagic fishery
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Overview: The major gear used is the beach seine. The species targeted are the small pelagics, including gars, ballyhoo, jacks and small tunas. The crew is normally 5 persons however there can be 4 or as many as 8 at times for normal fishing trips, and in many cases, up to 50 people can be involved in the process of hauling the net ashore. Fishing operations normally take place in shallow waters, near reefs and on grass beds and nursery areas. (FAO, 2006)

Location of Saint Kitts and Nevis Coastal pelagic fishery

Geographic reference:  Saint Kitts and Nevis
Spatial Scale: National
Reference year: 2018
Approach: Fishing Activity

Fishing Activity
Fishing Gear: Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines  

Type of production system: Artisanal; Commercial; Subsistence
Fishery Area: St. Kitts and Nevis; Saint Kitts and Nevis

Seasonality: All year

Harvested Resource
Target Species: Bigeye scad; Atlantic bonito; Garfish …  

Means of Production
Vessel Type: Multipurpose vessels nei
Fishery Indicators
Nominal Effort: Number of vessels
Employment: Number of fishermen
Production: Landed Volume; Ex-vessel price

Fishing Activity
Type of production system: Artisanal; Commercial; Subsistence   

Fishery Area
Climatic zone: Tropical.   Bottom type: Soft bottom.   Depth zone: Coastal (0 m - 50 m).   Horizontal distribution: Littoral; Neritic.   Vertical distribution: Pelagic.  

Geo References for: St. Kitts and Nevis
Vessel Type
Multipurpose vessels nei
Wood, Fibreflass, LOA <40, 40-300 HP

Flag State
Saint Kitts and Nevis
All year
St. Kitts, Nevis
Trip Duration
4-12 hours
List of fishery Indicators
Fishery Indicators
TypeMeasureValueUnitTime period
Nominal EffortNumber of vessels 37vessels2017
Number of vessels 33vessels2018
EmploymentNumber of fishermen 185 [KNA]Persons2017
Number of fishermen ~186 [KNA]Persons2018
ProductionLanded Volume 30tonnes2017
Landed Volume 100tonnes2018
Ex-vessel price292250USD/year2017
Ex-vessel price724027USD/year2018
Post Harvest
Fish Utilisation
Fresh fish, fish bait
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Management unit: No

Jurisdictional framework
Management Body/Authority(ies): Department of Marine Resources - Saint Kitts and Nevis
Mandate: Management.  
Area of Competence: Saint Kitts and Nevis
Maritime Area: National waters; Exclusive Economic Zone Areas (EEZ).  
Status and Trends
Fluctuating (2017)
Source of Information
Department of Marine Resources Report. Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Marine Resources, Basseterre, St, Kitts. Personal Communication, September, 2020.  Click to open
FAO. Fishery and Aquaculture Country Profiles. Saint Kitts and Nevis (2006). Country Profile Fact Sheets. In: FAO Fisheries Division [Online]. Rome. Updated 1 December 2006. [Cited 6 August 2020].  Click to open
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