FIP Stage: 3 (Implementation)
Last Updated: October 25, 2016
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.
WHAT WE ARE DOING
FIP efforts address governance, fishing practices, and environmental impacts of the fishery so it can meet the MSC standard. This work is steered by FIP participants and FIP stakeholders and includes:
- Working with industrial fishers and processing plants to gather sound data such as lobster tail length and tail weight to analyze and identify catch trends.
- Engaging with government stakeholders directly, in a shift towards updated laws and regulations that support improved management practices and sustainability of the fisheries.
- Identifying effective strategies for monitoring, control, and surveillance (MCS) to improve enforcement of regulations for the lobster fishery. Stronger enforcement strategies contribute to a clear and permanent plan for monitoring and controlling illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing of spiny lobster.
- Supporting local partners in key areas of research including stock status analyses, fishing locations of industrial vessels, and calculating the fishing effort of the industrial lobster fleet.
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