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Ivory Coast


In 1987 combined fish production in Côte d'Ivoire was estimated to be worth CFA F15 billion, and its share in net agricultural value added was 1.6 percent. Contributing about equally to the total were the tuna industry; low technology coastal and freshwater fishing, including a large smoked fish industry; and a fleet of privately owned trawling, sardine seining, and shrimping vessels. In the 1980s, canned fish was the country's seventh largest export commodity in revenue generated (behind cocoa, coffee, fuels and chemicals, timber, cotton, and palm oil), amounting to about 20,000 tons a year (see table 5, Appendix). Nevertheless, export revenues from fish exports only slightly exceeded foreign exchange payouts for the approximately 100,000 tons of frozen fish imported each year. The imports supplemented the canoe and fleet catches, which met about half of domestic demand.

Insofar as Ivoirian coastal waters had probably reached their maximum sustained yield in 1988, possibilities for growth in the fishing sector were limited without costly research and development, which the country could ill afford. The areas offering the greatest potential for growth were the tuna industry and domestic freshwater production in artificial lakes and ponds. After completion of the Kossou Dam on the Bandama River, freshwater catches increased (see Electricity , this ch.). Malian fishermen from the Niger River region moved into the area, set up fishing villages, and earned a comfortable livelihood from the carefully stocked lake.

Data as of November 1988