Fishing is an important source of employment and foreign earnings. St Helena’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) extends to 200 miles offshore, and at present remains largely unexplored and unexploited. Until fairly recently only waters within 12-15 miles of Saint Helena were regularly fished. Opportunities have opened up whereby a number of vessels have upgraded to extend their range to fish offshore. Exploiting the fishery further and exploring opportunities for secondary processing is a key priority. Catches are processed through a plant and cold storage facility in Rupert’s Valley. The main fish stocks are yellow-fin, long-fin, big-eye, skipjack tuna and wahoo – the island also has blue marlin, one of world’s most sought after sports fish.
- The area of sports fishing is set to rise with the increasing accessibility of the island when commercial flights commence.
- The development of the fishing industry will offer key opportunities for secondary processing facilities.