The importance of the fishery sector is reflected in its contribution to Suriname’s economic sector. In 2015, the total catch from vessels operating in Surinamese waters was 31.852 tons fish and 6.821 tons shrimp. Over the last decade, the fisheries sector has become increasingly important and currently represents 2.3% of GDP. Though total fish and shrimp capture has been fluctuating, higher international market prices have resulted in higher values of production and exports for the sector (Derlagen et.al, 2013). This study describes the socio-economic characteristics of fisheries in Suriname with representation of local fishing communities within the coastal districts, demographic and socio-cultural characteristics.
It has been done within the context of the project: Promoting Integrated and Participatory Ocean Governance in Guyana and Suriname: the Eastern Gate to the Caribbean, which is funded by the European Union and is a partnership between World Wildlife Fund Guianas, Nature Conservation Division in Suriname, Protected Areas Commission in Guyana and Green Heritage Fund Suriname.