International trade in fish and fishery products is based mainly on the export of tuna, snapper, flying fish, kingfish, carite (Spanish mackerel), croaker, bechine and shrimp. Fishery products are mainly exported chilled or frozen, and processing technology is generally limited to primary processing and packaging. Processing plants and export companies purchase from individually owned vessels through a system of wholesale buyers.
The Caribbean Fisheries Training and Development Institute, located on the western side of Trinidad, delivers training and development programmes to local and regional fisheries and maritime industries. Over 7,000 people are employed in areas directly related to fishing.
Boat Building & Repair
The onshore industry comprises businesses which specialize in boat building and repair as well as specialty supply shops.