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Senegal Marine industrial fisheries sub-sector
Fishery  Fact Sheet
Fishery production system report 2008
Senegal Marine industrial fisheries sub-sector
Fact Sheet Citation  
La pêche industrielle au Sénégal
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Location of Senegal Marine industrial fisheries sub-sector

Geographic reference:  Senegal
Spatial Scale: National
Reference year: 2008
Approach: Production System

Means of Production
Land Base: Senegal
Type of production system: Industrial

Vessel Type:   Seiners  

Fishery Indicators
Employment: Number of fishers; Auxiliary employment…; Total employment; % women
Fishing Capacity: Number of vessels
Production: Landed Volume; Landed Value
Utilization: Share of production…
Economic Performance: Tonnes of fish…

Means of Production
Type of production system: Industrial   

National definitions of production systems
(definitions in Fisheries Act [Code de la pêche] 1998)1

Industrial and semi-industrial = other vessels operating under one of four types of licences:
  • Coastal demersal fishing (shrimp trawlers, fish and cephalopod trawlers, longliners)
  • Deep-sea demersal fishing (shrimp trawlers, fish trawlers, longliners, spiny lobster trap boats)
  • Coastal pelagic fishing (purse seiners and trawlers)
  • Offshore pelagic fishing (bait boats, purse seiners, tuna and swordfish longliners).

1Centre de Recherches Océanographiques Dakar-Thiaroye (Oceanographic Research Center Dakar-Thiaroye).
Land Area

Land Area References for: Senegal

Vessel Type
The industial fishery consists of a variety of types of vessels and fishing gears, operated by both national and foreign fishers. There are demersal trawlers, tuna seiners, bait boats and longliners and pelagic purse seiners.
Pole and Line vessels
Captured Species
Coastal pelagics is the most important species group with regard to quantities landed (by artisanal and industrial marine fisheries combined), e.g. Clupeids (sardinellas, bonga), Engraulids (anchovies), Carangids (horse mackerels) and Scombrids (mackerels). There are three main species of tunas targeted in offshore waters: albacore, skipjack and bigeye. The exploited coastal demesal resources include crustaceans (green spiny lobster, shrimp, crabs), cephalopods (octopus, squid, cuttlefish) and finfish (West African goatfish, seabreams, groupers, soles, tasselfishes,etc) . Demersal species targeted in deeper waters include hake, pink spiny lobster, shrimps, dentex and crabs.
Socioeconomic Assessment
The data in this fact sheet have been sourced mainly from the BNP case study in Senegal in 2008. The case study was carried out as a desk study, compiling and analysing existing secondary information from different sources including official statistics, censuses, research data and project reports. The data used referred to different years (e.g. inland fisheries data mainly from 1999-2000; number of fishers in the marine sector from 2005) but the preliminary study results were discussed and validated with key informants and local experts and were considered valid estimates for base year of the study, i.e. 2006 (see more explanations with regard to methods and sources in the BNP case study report: Démé, M. 2008. Revue sectorielle des statistiques de pêche et des systèmes de collecte de l’information au Sénégal. BNP working document, and in Table 1 of Senegal Fishery sector fact sheet). It should be noted that figures may differ from officially reported data..

Complementary information has also been derived from:
Related Fisheries - Related assessment
The assessment presented in this fact sheet is part of a more comprehensive national assessment undertaken under the BigNumbers project. Please refer to the other observation units [or fisheries] assessed: Senegal Fisheries sector, Senegal Artisanal fisheries sub-sector.
It is estimated that the industrial fishing sector employs some 2 500 fishers and 7 800 workers in fish processing plants and other shore based jobs. Out of this total of 10 300 jobs, almost 50 percent are held by women, mainly working with fish processing.

The Senegalese industrial marine fishery consists of a complex mix of different types of vessels of several different nationalities. There is a total of 145 vessels landing fish in Senegal. The total catches of this fleet segment are estimated at 57 200 tonnes per year at a value of USD 82 million. About 11 percent of the total industrial landings stay in country for human consumption.

Only limited information on fuel efficiency is available. Based on data on the tuna fishery, the sector catches about 4 tonnes of fish on average per tonne of fuel utilised.
Fishery Indicators
EmploymentNumber of fishers2500persons
Auxiliary employment (upstream and downstream employment)7800persons
Total employment10300persons
% women50%
Fishing CapacityNumber of vessels145Maritime Area
ProductionLanded Volume 57200tonnes
Landed Value 82million USD
UtilizationShare of production for domestic human consumption11%
Economic PerformanceTonnes of fish caught per tonne of fuel consumed3.9 (data only for tuna vessels)tonnes of fish/1 tonne fuel

More information on employment is found in Table 1

More detailed information on fishing capacity, production, utilisation, and economic performance is included in Table 2.
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