Lobster Fishing Ban in Caribbean

From March 1 to June 30 the ban extends on catching lobsters in the Central American Caribbean.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Panamaamerica.com.pa reports that "the ban will be extended until 30 June under enforcement of Honduran legislation and the Regional Regulations for Fisheries Ordinance of the spiny lobster (Panulirus argus), said the Secretariat of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG) in Honduras ".

The order issued by the Organization of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector of Central America (OSPESCA) of the Central American Integration System, aims to protect the species in its most productive period.

The ban applies to Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and the Dominican Republic. El Salvador is excluded because it only has coasts on the Pacific.



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