Fisheries, Blue Economy, and Aquaculture Sector‎

Seychelles has an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of approximately 1.4 million km2, almost ‎‎3,000 times the size of its land area. It is one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots, with an ‎extremely rich marine and terrestrial biodiversity. Fisheries is the second most important ‎sector after tourism, contributing 16 % to the GDP and employing 12% of the population. ‎Seychelles is also a major seafood processing hub. In 2019, the export of consumable fish ‎and fish products made up 90% of its total value of domestic exports. However, pressures ‎from the fisheries and tourism sectors on coastal and marine natural resources are reaching ‎unsustainable levels.

Seychelles is now refocusing its development around a sustainable Blue Economy. To date, ‎Seychelles has developed a Blue Economy roadmap, which defines how the country will ‎make maximum use of its 1.4 million square kilometers of ocean in the most sustainable ‎manner possible. This comprehensive roadmap covers the whole spectrum of potential ‎resources from oil exploration, to aquaculture, sustainable fishing, and even eco-tourism. ‎Renowned internationally for its success in the Blue Economy in Africa, Seychelles inspires ‎mhashave counterpart in the region to follow the same agenda. Sustainability is central to ‎the success of the Blue Economy concept and this has multi-sectorial implications.

  • Contribution to the economy:
  • ‎17%‎
  • Employment:‎
  • ‎15%‎
  • Fish and Fish products exports as a percentage of total exports:‎‎
  • ‎90%‎


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