Venezuela Caribbean spiny lobster - free dive with hook

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Overview

Industry-led FIP was started by Netuno USA, Inc. and local supplier VPAS in 2021. The spiny lobster P. argus fishery is one of the most commercially important marine species and has been one of the most valuable marine species in Venezuela since the 1920’s. They are also ecologically important and a vital part of the artisanal and traditional fishing activity, which has been growing in importance throughout the history of the fishery. The main fishing methods permitted and adopted in Venezuelan spiny lobster fisheries are skin diving and traps. Skin divers use ‘salabardos’ hook to catch the lobster, which are aluminium rods (about 50 cm long), with a plastic loop at the end which ‘lasso’s the loop around the abdomen of the lobster. 

FIP Description 

Industry-led FIP was started by Netuno USA, Inc. and local supplier VPAS in 2021. The spiny lobster P.

FIP Objective(s) 

The objective of this FIP is to gather information, conduct a stock assessment for the fishery and engage local authorities and build a precompetitive stakeholders environment to achieve comprehensive status by 2024.

FIP Type 
Basic
FIP Stage 
Stage 3: FIP Implementation
Start and Projected End Dates
October 2021
December 2024
Next Progress Report Due 
Monday, October 31, 2022
Species 
Common Name 
Spiny Lobster (Caribbean)
Scientific Name
Panulirus argus
Gear Type 
Diver-Caught
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 31 (Atlantic, Western Central)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Geographic Scope 
Archipelago Los Roques , Los Testigos and La Tortuga Island
Landings
Estimated Total FIP Landings 
20 metric tons
Estimated Total Fishery Landings 
100 metric tons
Landings Date 
July 2021
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FIP at a Glance

18% 7% 18% 57%
October 01, 2021
18% 7% 18% 57%
Progress Rating (A) Advanced Progress

Reserved for comprehensive FIPs that have achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result within the past 12 months.

(B) Good Progress

A basic FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result within 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 AND has reported a Stage 3 activity within the past six months.
  • A FIP younger than 12 months that has never achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result but has reported a Stage 3 activity within the first 12 months.
(D) Some Past Progress
  • A FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result in more than 12 (but less than 24) months BUT has not reported a Stage 3 activity within the past six months.
  • A FIP for which the most recent Stage 4 or 5 result is more than 24 (but less than 36) months old AND a Stage 3 activity has been reported within six months.
  • A FIP 12-36 months old that has never reported a Stage 4 or 5 result AND has reported a Stage 3 activity within the past six months.
(E) Negligible Progress
  • A FIP for which the most recent Stage 4 or 5 result is more than 24 (but less than 36) months old, with no Stage 3 activity reported in the last six months.
  • A FIP younger than 12 months with no Stage 3 activity reported within 12 months.
  • A FIP 12-36 months old that has never reported a Stage 4 or 5 result AND has not reported a Stage 3 activity within the past six months.

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

C Some Recent Progress
Actions Complete

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  • 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.
Oct 2022
Target End Date
Dec 2024

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
IABS Americas
Organization Type 
NGO
Primary Contact 
Fabricio Alves
Phone 
+1 (866) 265 6272
FIP Identification Number The FIP Identification Number is automatically generated by FisheryProgress when a FIP profile is created. While the number itself is not meaningful, they are used by NGOs, academia, and industry to refer to FIPs in a consistent way.
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