Economy, Forestry and Fishing
balsam tree, Frozen shrimp, forest resources, mackerel, mullet
Because of early deforestation and high population density, the forest resources of El Salvador occupy only 6 percent of the area and offer little actual or potential lumber production. Most lumber is imported. El Salvador, however, is the world’s leading producer of balsam, a resin from the balsam tree that is used in making medicines and cosmetics.
Commercial fishing along El Salvador’s Pacific shore has become a growing industry. Frozen shrimp is a leading export, and some tuna, mullet, mackerel, and swordfish are also marketed domestically and for export.
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