uses of the Harbour include fishing, recreation and transportation.
Indirect uses include coastal protection of mangroves and waste
assimilation, economic production and education.
The present day value of the Kingston Harbour has been estimated
to be US$510.31 million per annum as set out in Table 1.
Economic uses of the harbour include industry, commerce, shipping,
fishing and recreation.
Fishing is important to the economy
of Kingston. It sustains 3,386 fishermen who operate from 7
fishing villages around Kingston Harbour, and bring in approximately
1100 tonnes of fish per annum. The fishing villages are: Port
Royal, Harbour Head, Rae Town, Greenwich Farm, Hunts Bay, Hellshire
and Port Henderson.
Kingston Harbour's strategic location in the western hemisphere,
together with investment in the development of port facilities,
has made Kingston the third largest port in the Caribbean and
Latin America. It is an important transshipment port, which
handled 1,042,282 TEUs (twenty foot equivalent units) from
1,522 ship calls in the year ended August 2003.
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