Bahamas spiny lobster - trap/casita

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Overview

The Bahamas spiny lobster fishery exports the majority of its product to the United States and Europe for an estimated $80 million dollars. Thousands of Bahamians earn a livelihood fishing for lobster on a full or part-time basis. Critical issues challenging this fishery include: government capacity to address illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing; adopting a harvest strategy; reviewing management performance; and collecting reliable spatial catch data. The active involvement of FIP Stakeholders, including the Bahamas Marine Exporters Association (BMEA), the Department of Marine Resources (DMR) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and other FIP Participants drives improvements against the Marine Stewardship Council standard.

The Bahamas spiny lobster fishery exports the majority of its product to the United States and Europe for an estimated $80 million dollars. Thousands of Bahamians earn a livelihood fishing for lobster on a full or part-time basis.

FIP Objective(s) 

The objective of the Bahamas spiny lobster FIP is to move the fishery in a step-wise approach towards Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification by 2016.

FIP Type 
Comprehensive
FIP Stage 
Stage 5: Improvements on the Water
Start and Projected End Dates
January, 2010
December, 2016
Species 
Common Name 
Spiny Lobster (Caribbean)
Scientific Name 
Panulirus argus
Additional Names 
crawfish
Gear Type 
Casita/Condominium
Pot/Trap
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 31 ( Atlantic, Western Central)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Bahamas (the)
Volume
FIP Volume 
2,835 metric tons

How is this FIP Doing?

FisheryProgress.org uses 28 industry-standard indicators based on the Marine Stewardship Council Fisheries Standard to track FIP progress. This shows a snapshot of the FIP’s current performance against the indicators using the following scale: Red=below 60, Yellow=60-79, Green=80 or higher, Gray=data not available to score the fishery.
33% 67%
This shows the proportion of actions in the workplan that the FIP has completed.
50%  
This shows the proportion of actions that are behind schedule, on track,completed, or not yet started.
Behind On Track Complete Future
40% 10% 50% 0%

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
World Wildlife Fund
Organization Type 
NGO
Primary Contact 
Wendy Goyert
Phone 
202-495-4331
Organization Name 
The Nature Conservancy
Organization Type 
NGO
Primary Contact 
Natalie Miaoulis