African Coast

The local fisheries of the African coast, and many of those found elsewhere in the tropics, remain undeveloped. The main limiting factors are: first, the narrowness of the continental shelf, which doesn’t allow the numbers of demersal fish, and the existence of a straight coastline that doesn’t offer many possibilities for good harbors; second, the high temperatures, which affect the keeping quality of the fish catch; and third, limited access to the interior, making marketing difficult. Fish landings from these areas are usually dried, smoked, or salted immediately.