Economy, Forestry and Fishing
large shrimp, Pacific Ocean, teak, plantations, mahogany
Logging and fishing are significant activities in some parts of the country. The Darien area produces a large amount of mahogany for export, and teak is grown in plantations in other regions. Most construction lumber used in Panama, however, is imported from temperate-zone producers.
Panama’s fishing fleet works the rich grounds in the Pacific Ocean, using refrigerated ships. Most of the large shrimp and prawn catch is frozen and exported to the United States. A wide variety of other fish are harvested in the rich currents offshore.
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