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Despite significant potential the fishery sector contributes negligibly to the development of the primary sector. The Republic of Djibouti has a coastline of 372 km long and abundant fishery resources estimated at about 50,000 tonnes per year.
The primary sector, including agriculture, livestock, forestry and fishing, has recorded an annual growth of 3.5% of GDP in 2011. However, this is an area deemed with high priority by the Government in its strategy against poverty and improving food security.
Traditionally, fisheries practiced in Djibouti are a food fish. With 372 km of coastline, the area of continental shelf Djibouti exploited by fisheries is about 2 276 km2. The fishing zone exploited by the artisanal fisheries is those in sandy facies, where the continental shelf widens. The potential fish with sustainable levels of exploitation are estimated at 9 300 tons for demersal fish and large pelagics and 22 000 tons for small pelagic, domestic production varies between 1 600 and 1 900 tons of annual landings.
The majority of fishermen (95%) use boats 6 to 8 m long, fiberglass, equipped with outboard engines of 25 to 40 horses, including the crew varies between 3 and 4 fishermen. Currently, the fisheries sector provides permanent employment of 3 600 persons.

Fishing production in tons

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Red sea fishing port

120

145

550

521

464

Independent individuals

526

1 215

1 038

1235

1 041

Production of Obock

58

136

117

150

133

Production of Tadjourah

119

52

50

61

32

Other  productions

233

42

46

63

32

Total

1 056

1 590

1 801

2 168

1 701

Source: Annuaire statistique Dised

Among the most interesting sites there are Obock site and the site of Tadjourah one hand, with a hot and humid climate from April to October and cool and wet in winter. On the other hand, the coastal zone of South-East of Djibouti in the Arta district, offers substantial potentialities.