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French Guiana Coastal fish small scale fishery
Fishery  Fact Sheet
WECAFC Fishery Resources Report 2019
French Guiana Coastal fish small scale fishery
Fact Sheet Citation  
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Overview: Coastal fish small-scale fisheries represent, respectively, 56% of overall country production in 2016 and 49% in 2017. Country overall production has been 4465 tons in 2016 and 4336 tons in 2017.

Location of French Guiana Coastal fish small scale fishery

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

Fishing Activity
Fishing Gear: Drift gillnets
Type of production system: Artisanal
Fishery Area: EEZ of French Guiana; French Guiana

Harvested Resource
Target Species: Acoupa weakfish; Green weakfish; Crucifix sea catfish …  

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

Fishing Activity
Type of production system: Artisanal   

Fishery Area
Climatic zone: Tropical.   Bottom type: Soft bottom.   Depth zone: Coastal - Close shore, littoral (0 m - 20 m).   Horizontal distribution: Littoral.  

Depth zone is usually less than 20 m depth

Geo References for: EEZ of French Guiana
Vessel Type
Flag State
French Guiana
Fishing Gear
Drift gillnets
Associated Species (Bycatch)
Small specimens and some sea catfishes
6 (2018)
List of fishery Indicators
Fishery Indicators
TypeMeasureValueUnitTime period
Nominal EffortNumber of vessels 114 (actives) - 128 (registered)vessels2018
EmploymentNumber of fishermen 376Personsregistered 2018
ProductionLanded Volume 2836tonnes2016
Landed Volume 2468tonnes2017
Landed Volume 2285tonnes2018
Landed Value 6390 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

  • Gear-related measures
    Mesh size
  • Fishing activity-related measures
    Licenses (regional), maximum net length (European), mesh size
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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