Jamaican fisheries contribute
to mainly small-scale food security, as well as to the employment of the coastal communities where fishing-related activities are often the only or the most important source of foods and livelihoods for about 40,000 persons. Most of the resources which constitute Jamaica’s traditional inshore fisheries, mainly species associated with reefs, e.g. snappers, groupers, lobsters, etc. Reef-related fisheries support between 15,000–20,000 active fishers, most of whom are artisanal, thus providing coastal communities with an important “safety net” of food and employment in times of need.