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Saint Lucia Large pelagic fishery
Fishery  Fact Sheet
WECAFC Fishery Resources Report 2020
Saint Lucia Large pelagic fishery
Fact Sheet Citation  
Large pelagic fisheries
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Overview: Billfishes are often caught by fishers targeting other offshore pelagics such as tunas, wahoo and dolphin fish. The majority of the billfish catches are around Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs).

Location of Saint Lucia Large pelagic fishery

Geographic reference:  Saint Lucia
Spatial Scale: National
Reference year: 2019
Approach: Fishing Activity

Fishing Activity
Fishing Gear: Longlines (nei)  

Type of production system: Commercial; Artisanal
Fishery Area: Saint Lucia

Seasonality: January to December …

Harvested Resource
Target Species: Blue marlin; Atlantic white marlin; Swordfish …  

Means of Production
Vessel Type: Other fishing vessels
Fishery Indicators
Nominal Effort: Number of vessels
Employment: Number of fishermen
Production: Landed Volume; Landed Value

Fishing Activity
Type of production system: Commercial; Artisanal   

Fishery Area
Climatic zone: Tropical.   Horizontal distribution: Oceanic.   Vertical distribution: Pelagic.  

Geo References
Fishing Gear
Longlines (nei)
Trolling lines
Mainly trolling lines operated by hand; a vertical line between 50 and 100m with one or two hooks is attached to a buoy and placed in the water; use of FADs is promoted by the Department of Fisheries.
Vessel Type
Other fishing vessels
Undecked - pirogue; canoe or shaloop; sizes range between 5 and 9 m; engine capacity between 40 and 250 Hp (outboard).

Flag State
Saint Lucia
Related Fisheries - Fishery(ies) switching activity seasonally or targeting the same stock
Saint Lucia Flyingfish fishery
Saint Lucia Lobster fishery
Saint Lucia Shark fishery
January to December (peaks between January and April).
Active at all landing sites (Anse La Raye, Banannes, Canaries, Castries, Choiseul, Cul De Sac, Dennery, Gros Islet, Laborie, Marigot, Marisule, Micoud, Monchy, Praslin, River Doree, Roseau, Savannes Bay, Soufriere and Vieux Fort) but more prominent at Dennery and Vieux Fort.
Trip Duration
1 day
Fisherfolks Community
Saint Lucia nationals
List of fishery Indicators
Fishery Indicators
TypeMeasureValueUnitTime period
Nominal EffortNumber of vessels 719vessels2014
Number of vessels 928vessels2019
EmploymentNumber of fishermen 1346Persons2014
Number of fishermen 3364 in registryPersons2019
Number of fishermen 732 captured during annual vessel licensePersons2019
ProductionLanded Volume 101tonnes2013
Landed Volume 115tonnes2014
Landed Volume 53.81tonnes2015
Landed Volume 91.93tonnes2016
Landed Volume 134.87tonnes2017
Landed Volume 121.15tonnes2018
Landed Volume 82.02tonnes2019
Landed Value 1286.170 Makaira nigricansXCD 10002016
Landed Value 1729.697 Makaira nigricansXCD 10002017
Landed Value 1682.929 Makaira nigricansXCD 10002018
Landed Value 1136.461 Makaira nigricansXCD 10002019
Landed Value 6.159 Tetrapturus albidusXCD 10002016
Landed Value 12.158 Tetrapturus albidusXCD 10002017
Landed Value 6.251 Tetrapturus albidusXCD 10002018
Landed Value 2.132 Tetrapturus albidusXCD 10002019
Post Harvest
Management unit: Yes

Jurisdictional framework
Management Body/Authority(ies): Fisheries Department of Saint Lucia; Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism
Mandate: Management.  
Area under national jurisdiction: Saint Lucia
Maritime Area: Exclusive Economic Zone Areas (EEZ).  
Management Regime
Management Methods

National regulations; vessel licensing system in effect; sport fishery licensing in effect; - Binding

In the case of the sport fishery gear is limited to six rods or reels; live release of fish which will not be utilized is required.
  • Fishing activity-related measures
Status and Trends
There is variation in the landing of large pelagics.
Source of Information
Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture, Food Production, Fisheries, Co-operatives and Rural Development, Saint Lucia. Personal communication, July 2020.  Click to open
Scott, S. National Report of Saint Lucia. pp. 38 -50 in: CRFM. 2013. Report of Ninth Annual CRFM Scientific Meeting – Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 10-14 June 2013 - National Reports. CRFM Fishery Report – 2013. Volume 1, Suppl. 1, 61 pp.  Click to open
National Report of Saint Lucia. pp. 33 - 38 In: CRFM. 2012. Report of Eighth Annual Scientific Meeting – Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 20 - 30 June 2012 - National Reports. CRFM Fishery Report – 2012. Volume 1, Suppl. 1, 54 pp.  Click to open
Census of the Fisheries Sector in Saint Lucia. 2012.
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