Economy, Forestry and Fishing
tagua nuts, vegetable ivory, Galapagos Islands, metric tons, coastal waters
Ecuador is one of the world’s chief sources of balsa wood. Other forest products include mangrove bark, tagua nuts (vegetable ivory), and rubber.
The waters surrounding the Galapagos Islands constitute one of the richest tuna fisheries in the world. Shrimp are also found in abundance. The coastal waters off mainland Ecuador also are rich in fish. The fish catch totaled 688,297 metric tons in 1997.
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