Title

The Caribbean spiny lobster (Panulirus argus) fishery in Cuba: current status, illegal fishing, and environmental variability

Date of Publication

1-1-2018 12:00 AM

Publication Date

January 8, 2018

Security Theme

IUU Fishing

Keywords

srhreports, iuufishing, country-cuba, Spiny lobster (Panulirus argus), IUU fishing, Cuba, literature review, stock assessment

Description

Spiny lobster, (Panulirus argus), is the most valuable fishery resource in Cuba. Despite strong management, the population shows signs of decline. The objectives of the present study were to complete a literature review and to evaluate spiny lobster status, including illegal fishing. A statistical catch-at-age analysis, considering the addition of two environmental indices in the stock-recruitment relationship, was applied for two separate scenarios: one with official data (the "official model"), and a second including illegal fishing (the "total model"). Annual illegal catch represented 18.4% of total harvest. Recruitment and stock size estimates in both models showed similar historical behavior with a decreasing trend and a recovery in the last 5 years.

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The Caribbean spiny lobster (Panulirus argus) fishery in Cuba: current status, illegal fishing, and environmental variability

Spiny lobster, (Panulirus argus), is the most valuable fishery resource in Cuba. Despite strong management, the population shows signs of decline. The objectives of the present study were to complete a literature review and to evaluate spiny lobster status, including illegal fishing. A statistical catch-at-age analysis, considering the addition of two environmental indices in the stock-recruitment relationship, was applied for two separate scenarios: one with official data (the "official model"), and a second including illegal fishing (the "total model"). Annual illegal catch represented 18.4% of total harvest. Recruitment and stock size estimates in both models showed similar historical behavior with a decreasing trend and a recovery in the last 5 years.