Fishery and Aquaculture Country Profile for Nicaragua
- aquatic species caught by country or area, by species items, by
FAO major fishing areas, and year, for all commercial, industrial,
recreational and subsistence purposes. The harvest from mariculture,
aquaculture and other kinds of fish farming is also included.
FISH & SEAFOOD in Nicaragua
In the last four years,
the seafood industry has become one of the most dynamic productive
sector. 80% of the catch comes from the Caribbean coast of
Nicaragua, which has the largest continental shelf in Central
The industry has concentrated
on shrimp and lobsters, leaving the large populations of
commercially desirable scale fish almost untouched. In the Pacific
coast ( 410 km) , 39,000 hectares have been identified as suitable
for shrimp farming, which is equivalent to approximately one-third
of the total potential in Central America and Panama.
- The maritime shelf in the
Caribbean has a 551 km expanse. It has the richest marine fauna
in Central America is one of the richest in the Continent.
- Lake Nicaragua has an
exploitable biomass of 50,000 tons, with permission to catch
8,000 tons, per year.
- Nicaragua, has
approximately 10,338 km of continental waters and 7,365 km of
fresh water stemming from rivers. This abundance of water and
the adequate climate, make the country the most ideal in the
Central American region for the farming of Tilapia and Carp.
- Currently, there are
5,000 hectacres of shrimp farms in production, generating US
Fish Products -
American Tropical Tuna Commission: The IATTC, established by
international convention in 1950, is responsible for the
conservation and management of fisheries for tunas and other species
taken by tuna-fishing vessels in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
AQUASTAT is FAO's
global information system on water and agriculture developed by the
Land and Water Division. It collects, analyses and disseminates data
and information by country and by region. Its aim is to provide
users interested in global, regional and national analyses with
comprehensive information related to water resources and
agricultural water management across the world, with emphasis on
countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.
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Ocean Health Index Nicaragua - The Ocean Health Index is a valuable tool for the
ongoing assessment of ocean health. By providing a means to advance
comprehensive ocean policy and compare future progress, the Index
can inform decisions about how to use or protect marine ecosystems.
The Index is a collaborative effort, made possible through
contributions from more than 65 scientists/ocean experts and
partnerships between organizations including the National Center for
Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, Sea Around Us, Conservation
International, National Geographic, and the New England Aquarium.
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