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Dominica Large pelagic handline and trolling fishery
Fishery  Fact Sheet
WECAFC Fishery Resources Report 2020
Dominica Large pelagic handline and trolling fishery
Fact Sheet Citation  
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Fishery life cycleThis fishery started in 1995.

Overview: Started in 1995, stable. Very relevant to the fisheries sector.

Location of Dominica Large pelagic handline and trolling fishery

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

Fishing Activity
Fishing Gear: Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines  

Type of production system: Artisanal; Commercial
Fishery Area: Dominica

Seasonality: January to December

Harvested Resource
Target Species: Yellowfin tuna; Skipjack tuna; Marlins,sailfishes,etc. nei …  

Associated Species: Wahoo; Ocean triggerfish; Rainbow runner …  

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

Fishing Activity
Type of production system: Artisanal; Commercial   

Fishery Area
Climatic zone: Tropical.   Depth zone: Shelf (50 m - 200 m); Slope (200 m - 1000 m).   Horizontal distribution: Neritic; Oceanic.   Vertical distribution: Pelagic.  

Geo References
Vessel Type
Catch Handling and Processing Equipment
Insulated coolers with ice
Flag State
Fishing Gear
Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines
Drifting longlines
Trolling lines
In a few cases drifting buoys are used.
Fleet segment
Boats which are part of the large pelagic fishery.
January to December

Environmental limitations

Fish migration, hurricanes
Trip Duration
~6 hours
List of fishery Indicators
Fishery Indicators
TypeMeasureValueUnitTime period
Nominal EffortNumber of vessels 184vessels2015
Number of vessels 214vessels2017
Number of vessels 199vessels2018
EmploymentNumber of fishermen 400Persons2018
ProductionLanded Volume 244.21 (yellowfin tuna)tonnes2014
Landed Volume 198.73 (yellowfin tuna)tonnes2015
Landed Volume 187.35 (yellowfin tuna)tonnes2016
Landed Volume 135.94 (yellowfin tuna)tonnes2017
Landed Volume 116.29 (yellowfin tuna)tonnes2018
Landed Volume 34.62 (skipjack tuna)tonnes2014
Landed Volume 15.98 (skipjack tuna)tonnes2015
Landed Volume 28.81 (skipjack tuna)tonnes2016
Landed Volume 19.93 (skipjack tuna)tonnes2017
Landed Volume 10.82 (skipjack tuna)tonnes2018
Landed Volume 78.8 (marlins and billfishes)tonnes2014
Landed Volume 63.70 (marlins and billfishes)tonnes2015
Landed Volume 50.93 (marlins and billfishes)tonnes2016
Landed Volume 70.06 (marlins and billfishes)tonnes2017
Landed Volume 53.91 (marlins and billfishes)tonnes2018
Landed Volume 267.68 (common dolphinfish)tonnes2014
Landed Volume 300.08 (common dolphinfish)tonnes2015
Landed Volume 184.85 (common dolphinfish)tonnes2016
Landed Volume 228.33 (common dolphinfish)tonnes2017
Landed Volume 209.05 (common dolphinfish)tonnes2018
Post Harvest
Fish Utilisation
National consumption, little export. Sold fresh.
Jurisdictional framework
Management Body/Authority(ies): Fisheries Division; Ministry of Blue and Green Economy, Agriculture and National Food Security
Mandate: Management.  
Area under national jurisdiction: Dominica
Maritime Area: Exclusive Economic Zone Areas (EEZ).  
Management Regime
Management Methods


  • Gear-related measures
    FAD fishery management plan developed and adopted, but not yet implemented (not binding).
  • Fishing activity-related measures
    Protected areas. 
Status and Trends
Source of Information
Fisheries Division of Dominica, Ministry of Blue and Green Economy, Agriculture and National Food Security. Personal communication, February 2020.
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