Honduras Caribbean spiny lobster - trap

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Overview

The Caribbean spiny lobster fishery provides a livelihood for hundreds of fishers and packing plant processors in Honduras. This industrial Honduran fishery faces critical issues including a lack of robust data to inform stock status and management decisions, limited information on impacts of lobster traps on marine habitats and ecosystems, an ineffective legal management framework, and limited resources to enforce fishing regulations. But with the active involvement of FIP stakeholders, such as General Directorate for Fishing and Aquaculture (DIGPESCA), and FIP Participants, the challenges facing this fishery are being addressed against the MSC standard.

FIP Description 

The Caribbean spiny lobster fishery provides a livelihood for hundreds of fishers and packing plant processors in Honduras.

FIP Objective(s) 

The objective of this FIP is to achieve MSC certification by 2020.

FIP Type 
Comprehensive
FIP Stage 
Stage 5: Improvements on the Water
Start and Projected End Dates
July 2012
December 2020
Update 
The project end date is extended to December 2020 because the activities have not progressed as expected due to several changes that have taken place in DIGEPESCA´s authorities. The current DIGEPESCA representatives are engaged in the FIP and together with the other relevant stakeholders defined new dates to carry out the activities of the FIP.
Next Progress Report Due 
Saturday, March 30, 2019
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 
Honduras
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
Volume
FIP Volume 
1,803 metric tons
Total Fishery Volume 
2,573 metric tons
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FIP at a Glance

29% 54% 18%
July 01, 2012
46% 39% 14%
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
Next Update Due FisheryProgress requires a FIP to provide update reports every six months, and two missed reports will render the FIP inactive. If a report is overdue, this date will appear red.
Mar 2019
Target End Date
Dec 2020

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
WWF Guatemala/ Mesoamerica
Organization Type 
NGO
Primary Contact 
María Amalia Porta
Organization Name 
WWF-US
Organization Type 
NGO
Primary Contact 
Wendy Goyert
Phone 
202-495-4331
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