“Coral reef-related fisheries are socially and economically important in Jamaica.“
Jamaican fisheries contribute
to mainly small-scale food security, as well as to the employment of the coastal communities where fishing-related activities are often the only or the most important source of foods and livelihoods for about 40,000 people. Jamaica’s traditional inshore fisheries mainly target species associated with reefs such as snappers, groupers and lobsters. Reef-related fisheries support between 15,000 to 20,000 active fishers, most of whom are artisanal, thus providing coastal communities with an important “safety net” of food and employment in times of need.