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French Guiana Bottom trawl shrimp fishery
Fishery  Fact Sheet
WECAFC Fishery Resources Report 2019
French Guiana Bottom trawl shrimp fishery
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Overview: Shrimp (Penaeus subtilis) trawling fishery represent, respectively, 16% of overall country production in 2016 and 11% in 2017. Country overall production has been 4465 tons in 2016 and 4336 tons in 2017.

Location of French Guiana Bottom trawl shrimp fishery

Geographic reference:  French Guiana
Spatial Scale: National
Reference year: 2018
Approach: Fishing Activity

Fishing Activity
Fishing Gear: Bottom trawls (nei)
Type of production system: Industrial
Fishery Area: EEZ of French Guiana; French Guiana

Harvested Resource
Target Species: Southern brown shrimp; Redspotted shrimp; Atlantic seabob …  

Associated Species: Green weakfish; Lane snapper; Southern red snapper …  

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

Fishing Activity
Type of production system: Industrial   

Fishery Area
Climatic zone: Tropical.   Bottom type: Soft bottom.   Depth zone: Coastal - Shallow waters, inshore (0 m - 50 m); Shelf (50 m - 200 m); Slope - Upperslope (200 m - 500 m).   Horizontal distribution: Littoral; Oceanic.  

Depth zone is usually between 30 and 100 m depth. In 2019 some boats were allowed to fish in <30m depth for exploration.

Geo References for: EEZ of French Guiana
Vessel Type
Flag State
French Guiana
Discarded Species (Bycatch)
Discharged organisms: 83 fish species, Small shrimps, Invertebrates, Sharks/rays. Study from 2003/2004 sampling trip (Before T-TED).
1 (2018)
List of fishery Indicators
Fishery Indicators
TypeMeasureValueUnitTime period
Nominal EffortNumber of vessels 13vessels2018
EmploymentNumber of fishermen 98Personsregistered 2017
ProductionLanded Volume 733tonnes2016
Landed Volume 493tonnes2017
Landed Volume 227tonnes2018
Landed Value 4930 000USD2018
Management unit: Yes

Jurisdictional framework
Management Body/Authority(ies): Direction de la mer de Guyane
Mandate: Management.  
Area under national jurisdiction: French Guiana
Maritime Area: Exclusive Economic Zone Areas (EEZ).  
Management Regime
Management Methods

Fisheries Regulations with focus on Catch control, Effort control, turtle excluder devices

  • Gear-related measures
    Mesh size
  • Fishing activity-related measures
    Quota, licenses (national), legal mesh size, coastal fishing ban (>30m depth), T-TED
Status and Trends
Source of Information
Ifremer, Institut français de recherche pour l'exploitation de la mer, French Guiana, France. Personal communication during the 3rd Meeting of the WECAFC/CRFM/IFREMER Working Group on Shrimp and Groundfish of the North Brazil-Guianas Shelf, 26th – 27th November 2019, Paramaribo, Suriname.
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