Fishing and Forestry
Fishing has been of small importance to Cyprus
history. The intermittent nature of the rivers inhibits
propagation of freshwater fish, and the surrounding waters
generally deficient in the nutrients and associated
essential to the growth of a large marine fish population.
The Turkish invasion resulted in the loss of some of
fishing areas. By the second half of the 1980s, loans and
from the Department of Fisheries had secured the existence
fishing fleet of several hundred small vessels, and annual
exceeded those preceding 1974. In 1989 the catch totaled
at live weight.
The 1980s also saw saltwater and freshwater fish farms
into operation. Much of their production was exported. An
experimental fish farm was scheduled to open in the 1990s
Meneou, near Larnaca.
Forestry played a very small role in the Greek Cypriot
In the period 1986-1988, its value added was 0.01 percent
agricultural total in all three years.
Nearly all of the south's forests were owned by the
which had long managed an active and sophisticated program
their care and improvement. The Turkish invasion of 1974
the island's forests extensively, but by the 1980s
projects had repaired much of the harm. The College of
established by the British in the colonial period, enjoyed
international reputation for excellence.
Data as of January 1991