Economy in Antarctica

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Economy—overview: No economic activity at present except for fishing off the coast and small-scale tourism both based abroad.


Regulated antarctic fisheries reported landing 92,456 metric tons in 1997-98. Unregulated fishing landed five to six times more. Allegedly illegal fishing in antarctic waters during 1998 resulted in the seizure (by France and Australia) of at least eight fishing ships.

A total of 9,604 tourists visited during the summer of 1997-98 -- remember, Antarctica's summer is during the Northern Hemisphere's winter -- up from the 7,413 who visited the previous year. Nearly all of them were passengers on 13 commercial ships that made 92 trips during the summer. Around 200 tourists were on yachts or commercial aircraft. Most tourist trips lasted approximately two weeks.




Destinations in Antarctica