Economy, Forestry and Fishing
sprats, charred wood, brushwood, sardines, anchovies
Forests, which contain much brushwood, cover only 1 percent of Algeria’s land area. Substantial reforestation projects were undertaken in the 1970s. Lumber is used principally for heating and industrial needs. Bark is cut for tanning and cork for commercial purposes. Charcoal, made from charred wood, is also used for fuel.
Fishing is an important industry; in 1997 the total catch was 99,332 metric tons. The bulk of the yield included sardines, anchovies, sprats, tuna, and shellfish.
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