With its Atlantic coastline of 570 km and a continental shelf averaging 34 km in width, Liberia offers some 20,000 sq km of fishing ground.
Estimates put Liberia's potential annual marine catch at between 23,500 and 57,000 tons, and its potential freshwater catch at 40,000 tons.
Total annual catch currently below 10,000 tons; the fishery sector has room for exponential growth.
20,000 Sq. Km. Fishing Ground. With total annual catch currently below 10,000 tons, the fishery sector has room for exponential growth.
Key Opportunities Liberian Market
Fish is a staple in Liberian diets, but need better equipment and facilities to fully capture the value of Liberia's rich natural resources.
The International Market
Need facilities like freezers, cold storage units, and processing plants to export to the world markets.
Fishing vessels would benefit as the potential yield is as follows:
- Demersal species (snapper, grunter, sole, tuna, and barracuda) is between 2,500 and 15,000 tons. On average, less than 2,500 tons are harvested annually.
- Pelagic species is between 20,000 to 40,000 tons, and the most abundant species include flat sardine, round scad, and mackerel.
- Lobster, tuna, blue marlin and shrimp of relatively high value are also available.