COMPLETED Bahamas spiny lobster - trap/casita

Primary tabs

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 the following: 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), as well as other FIP Participants, drives improvements against the Marine Stewardship Council standard.

FIP Description 

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. This FIP entered MSC full assessment in January 2017. See the fishery's MSC site for additional information.

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)
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
Volume
FIP Volume 
2,835 metric tons
PrintPDF

FIP at a Glance

31% 69%
January 01, 2010
14% 61% 21% 4%
Progress Rating

A - Advanced Progress
Reserved for comprehensive FIPs that have a Stage 4 or 5 result within the past 12 months.

B - Good Progress
A FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 in more than 12 months AND Stage 3 activity in the last year; OR a basic FIP that has achieved Stage 4 or 5 achievements within the past 12 months.

C - Some Recent Progress
A FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result in more than 12 (but less than 24) months but has not generated a Stage 3 result within the past 12 months OR a FIP younger than a year that has never achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result but has completed a Stage 3 activity.

D - Some Past Progress
A FIP for which the most recent publicly reported Stage 4 or 5 result is more than 24 (but less than 30) months.

E - Negligible Progress
A FIP older than a year that has not reported a Stage 4 or 5 result in more than 30 month (but less than 36) months; OR a FIP younger than 1 year that has not reported a Stage 3 activity.

The ratings are currently derived by SFP from publicly available data on FIP websites, including FisheryProgress.org, and are determined using the following methodology: View PDF
A Advanced Progress
Actions Complete
  • Complete
  • Incomplete
Target End Date
Dec 2016

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
Enter the public contact information for the leader of the FIP. This information will be displayed on FisheryProgress.org for users who want to contact the FIP.