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French Guiana Handlines red snapper fishery
Fishery  Fact Sheet
WECAFC Fishery Resources Report 2019
French Guiana Handlines red snapper fishery
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Overview: Red snapper (Lutjanus purpureus) hand-lines fishery represent, respectively, 28% of overall country production in 2016 and 40% in 2017. Country overall production has been 4465 tons in 2016 and 4336 tons in 2017.

Location of French Guiana Handlines red snapper fishery

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

Fishing Activity
Fishing Gear: Hooks and lines
Type of production system: Industrial
Fishery Area: EEZ of French Guiana; French Guiana

Harvested Resource
Target Species: Southern red snapper; Vermilion snapper; Lane snapper

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

Fishing Activity
Type of production system: Industrial   

Fishery Area
Climatic zone: Tropical.   Bottom type: Soft bottom.   Depth zone: Shelf (50 m - 200 m).   Horizontal distribution: Oceanic.  

Depth zone is usually between 50 and 100 m depth

Geo References for: EEZ of French Guiana
Vessel Type
Boats registered in Venezuela.

15 (Average per boat)
Flag State
Venezuela, Boliv Rep of
Fishing Gear
Hooks and lines
Associated Species (Bycatch)
Bycatch species estimated as insignificant
1 (2018)
List of fishery Indicators
Fishery Indicators
TypeMeasureValueUnitTime period
Nominal EffortNumber of vessels 45vessels2018
ProductionLanded Volume 1248tonnes2016
Landed Volume 1713tonnes2017
Landed Volume 1542tonnes2018
Landed Value 6680 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 Effort control

  • Fishing activity-related measures
    Licenses (European)
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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