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Economy, Forestry and Fishing

Forestry has occupied a minor place in Nicaragua's economy for decades. Nicaragua is forested with major stands of oak and pine and small areas of tropical hardwoods. Most production is for domestic use. Government efforts to encourage logging in a large area on the Honduran border have encountered strong opposition from the indigenous Sumu people and international conservation groups.

Fishing is important along the Caribbean coast; it is also significant in the Pacific and, to a small extent, on Lake Nicaragua. Commercial fishing operations landed 16,130 metric tons in 1997. Exports are largely limited to shrimp and spiny lobster.

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