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Saint Kitts and Nevis Coral reef and demersal fishery
Fishery  Fact Sheet
WECAFC Fishery Resources Report 2020
Saint Kitts and Nevis Coral reef and demersal fishery
Fact Sheet Citation  
Reef/Demersal fishery
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Overview: This multi-species fishery employs various gear, including fish traps, handlines and spear guns. The length of fishing trips varies from 6 to 36 hours, with crews of 1 to 4 men. (FAO, 2006)

Location of Saint Kitts and Nevis Coral reef and demersal fishery

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

Fishing Activity
Fishing Gear: Pots  

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

Seasonality: All year

Harvested Resource
Target Species: Squirrelfish; Nassau grouper; Coney …  

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: Coral reef; Soft bottom.   Depth zone: Coastal (0 m - 50 m); Shelf (50 m - 200 m).   Horizontal distribution: Littoral; Neritic.   Vertical distribution: Demersal/Benthic.  

Geo References for: St. Kitts and Nevis
Target Species
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 171vessels2017
Number of vessels 182vessels2018
EmploymentNumber of fishermen 513 [KNA GUY DOM DMA]Persons2017
Number of fishermen ~583 [KNA GUY DOM DMA]Persons2018
ProductionLanded Volume 214tonnes2017
Landed Volume 269tonnes2018
Ex-vessel price2055745USD/year2017
Ex-vessel price2601615USD/year2018
Post Harvest
Fish Utilisation
Fresh fish
Saint Kitts and Nevis, United States of America
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).  
Management Regime
Management Methods

Conservation and Management - Binding

  • Gear-related measures
    Fish trap mesh size
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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