Central America and Dominican Republic lift ban on lobster
San Salvador.- Central American countries and the Dominican Republic on Thursday lifted the 4-month annual ban on lobster fishing in the Caribbean, in effect since March 1, to protect the reproductive cycle of the species which accounted for US$139 million in earnings last year, AFP reports.
“The ban has ended, as of July 1st (…) the new fishing season begins,” the Central America Fisheries Sector Organization (OSPESCA) said in a statement.
The regional agency lauded both industrial and informal fishermen for compliance of the ban which began March 1, “aware that promoting management measures ensures their fishery resources for current and future generations.”
“The ban forms part of regional agreements of Central American Integration System (SICA), to ensure responsible and sustainable fisheries,” says the regional entity based in San Salvador.
Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and the Dominican Republic abided by the ban, whereas El Salvador, which isn’t on the Caribbean coast, joined the restriction measures to avert lobster smuggling.
July 2, 2016
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