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Inshore Reef Fish Minimize

Much of the catch from this fishery is sold and consumed locally but a small portion is exported annually. In 2002 about 132.82 tonnes of reef fish was exported valued at about K797, 176. A total of 49.94 tonnes of reef fish was exported in 2003 valued at K288, 356. The combined total export for 2002 and 2003 in terms of quantity is about 182 tonnes valued at over K1m. Most of the reef fish products are exported as a trunk, whole, gill and gutted, maw, and filleted either frozen or chilled. The quantity of reef fish sold and consumed locally is not accounted for in the NFA database. Exports from this fishery are expected to increase once the European Union Coastal Fisheries Development Project (CFDP) and ADB project are completed and fully functional. However, there is still a potential for small to medium scale development of this fishery such like the deep reef slope resources.