Nicaragua Caribbean spiny lobster - trap

Primary tabs

Overview

Nicaragua is the largest Caribbean spiny lobster fishery that supplies the United States. Thousands of Nicaraguans earn a livelihood through the fishery, from vessel owners and fishermen to packing plant employees. A critical issue challenging this fishery is the likelihood of illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing (IUU) that weakens management of the resource and equitable access for local livelihoods. Concurrent issues are a lack of new or improved data from the artisanal sector to inform the stock status, bycatch, and habitat impacts from lobster traps.    There are still some uncertainties relating to the  structure  of the stock population that need to be taken into acount,   eventhough Nicaraguan  stock assesment methods  are appropriate for the spiny lobster resource and for the implementation of harvest control rules,   the issue  that is the same   lobster  stock of fishing shared with Honduras,   the evaluation  needs to considered  both countries if order  to achieve the unconditional pass. 

Nicaragua is the largest Caribbean spiny lobster fishery that supplies the United States. Thousands of Nicaraguans earn a livelihood through the fishery, from vessel owners and fishermen to packing plant employees.

FIP Objective(s) 

The objective of this FIP is to enter MSC full assessment by mid-end 2017.

FIP Type 
Comprehensive
FIP Stage 
Stage 5: Improvements on the Water
Start and Projected End Dates
January, 2012
December, 2017
Species 
Common Name 
Spiny Lobster (Caribbean)
Scientific Name 
Panulirus argus
Additional Names 
Langosta espinosa
Gear Type 
Pot/Trap
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 31 ( Atlantic, Western Central)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Nicaragua
Volume
FIP Volume 
1,853 metric tons
Total Fishery Volume 
2,500 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.
52% 48%
This shows the proportion of actions in the workplan that the FIP has completed.
8%  
This shows the proportion of actions that are behind schedule, on track,completed, or not yet started.
Behind On Track Complete Future
17% 75% 8% 0%
FIP Progress Rating 
B - Good Progress

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
WWF
Organization Type 
NGO
Primary Contact 
Maria Amalia Porta
Organization Name 
WWF
Primary Contact 
Gabriela Pineda
Organization Name 
WWF
Primary Contact 
Nicole Beetle