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Jamaica’s fisheries contribute directly and indirectly to the livelihoods of more than 100 000 people island- wide, or nearly 5 percent of the population.
Increasing climate variability has also compounded local vulnerability of Jamaica’s reefs.
Part II of the Fishery and Aquaculture Country Profile provides supplementary information that is based on national and other sources and that is valid at the time of compilation (see update year above).
References to these sources are provided as far as possible.
Table 2 in this section is based on statistics prepared by the FAO Fishery Information, Data and Statistics Unit and disseminated in 2018.
The charts are based on the same source but these are automatically updated every year with the most recent statistics.
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The bright blue green color around the islands, particularly around those of the Bahamas in the upper right, is likely due to the brighter solar reflection over the more shallow waters that surround the islands.
Jamaica posses a land mass area of 10 991 km and a population of 3 million, excluding the 3.5 million tourists, fisheries have always played an important role in the economy and development.
In fact, the country has one of the highest levels of per capita fish consumption in the Americas (25.8 kg/yr in 2017) and its supply has depended significantly on imports valued at 4 million in 2016 and 6 million, representing about 80% of all the fishery products consumed in the country.
After recording the highest production of 8 000 tonnes in 2006, the annual aquaculture production has declined drastically and continuously up to 600 tonnes reported in 2015, then recovering in 2017 to almost 1 350 tonnes, mainly of Tilapia production.
The close down of marine shrimp farms was said to be caused by unfavourable business conditions including serious thievery.