The Contribution of Fisheries to the Economies of Pacific Island Countries

Publication | July 2002

Fish, fishing, and fisheries-the various products, the trade, and the industry-all benefit the people and economies of the Pacific in a variety of ways, but the full value of these benefits is not reflected in the region's statistics. The research summarized in this report reaffirms the importance of this sector to the economies and societies of the Pacific Island countries.


  • Introduction
  • National Accounts and Associated Issues
  • Guidelines for Calculating the Fishing Component of GDP
  • Current Contributions of Fishing to GDP in Pacific Island Countries
  • Some Observations on Fishing Contribution to GDP
  • Fisheries Production Levels
  • Summary of Information on Employment, Exports and Imports, Access Fees, and Fish Consumption
  • Conclusions and Recommendations