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Economy, Forestry and Fishing

palm fibers, crabs, crayfish, lobster, soaps

Palm kernels, from which an oil for soaps is extracted, and palm fibers are important forest products. A leading enterprise is the maintenance of large rubber plantations. In the late 1980s these and smaller plantations annually produced about 85,000 metric tons of rubber; in 2001 production was 85,000 metric tons. Commercial deep-water fishing was expanding in the 1980s, with the catch including sole, lobster, crayfish, shrimp, and crabs. The size of the catch had fallen by half in the early 1990s.



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