Fisheries removals from Gabon were reconstructed to include small-scale artisanal, subsistence catches and foreign industrial catches. Total removals from the Gabonese EEZ were estimated at less than 5,000 t in 1950, constituted mostly of small-scale catches, increased gradually to a peak of 242,000 t in 2000 and then decreased to 161,000 t in 2010. Domestic fisheries catches of Gabon were estimated to be 2.5 times the data reported by the FAO on behalf of Gabon; however, under-reporting decreased in the last few years, suggesting improvements in fisheries catch statistics. Artisanal fisheries represented 73% of total domestic removals from the Gabonese EEZ, which highlights the importance of small-scale fisheries to the local economy.

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