Aquat. Living Resour.
Volume 36, 2023
Special Issue - COVID-19 effects on fisheries and aquaculture food systems
|Number of page(s)||12|
|Published online||03 August 2023|
How fisheries can support a small island economy in pandemic times: the Seychelles case
MARBEC, Univ Montpellier, CNRS, Ifremer, IRD, Sète, France
2 Seychelles Fishing Authority, Mahé, Seychelles
3 National Bureau of Statistics, Mahé, Seychelles
4 Indian Ocean Tuna Commission, Mahé, Seychelles
5 Islands Development Company, Mahé, Seychelles
* Corresponding author: email@example.com
Handling Editor: Olivier Thebaud
Accepted: 12 July 2023
The COVID-19 pandemic has depressed the world economy to a magnitude and timeliness that could hardly be predicted by economists. Because of remoteness and a lack of resources, small island developing states (SIDS) are often considered more vulnerable than others to external shocks such as weatherization or disease. In 2020, the Republic of Seychelles has suffered a 70% collapse of foreign visitors, while tourism represents a key pillar of the economy with two thirds of its Gross Domestic Product and employment. The fishery-related industries have nonetheless resisted to this economic shock and become more prominent, with a foreign-owned tuna fleet supplying the local canning plant, main provider of private jobs and trade in the archipelago. This research attempts to forecast the economic effects of several scenarios affecting both fishing and tourism activities in a small island economy. It shows that fish-related industries can represent a resilient contributor to the domestic economy as long as natural stocks are sustainably managed.
Key words: COVID-19 / Social Accounting Matrix / scenarios / Small Island Developing States / Seychelles
Key words: O55 / Q22 / R11 / R15
© P. Guillotreau et al., Published by EDP Sciences 2023
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