In part because Somalia has 3,025 kilometers of coastline,
fishing was a sector with excellent economic potential.
Considerable attention had been paid to this sector, especially
since the 1974 drought, when 15,000 nomads were resettled in
fishing cooperatives. Data in the latter half of the 1980s showed
improvement in the fishing industry. Food and Agriculture
Organization estimates of total tons of fish caught and processed
rose from 16,900 in 1986 to 18,200 in 1988, an increase that
resulted from the development of a national fishing fleet. Yet
fishing remained a largely unexploited sector, contributing less
than 1 percent of GDP in 1990.