Fisheries Management in the US Caribbean Graciela García-Moliner Livia M Montalvo Caribbean Fishery Management Council

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<ul><li>Slide 1</li></ul> <p>Fisheries Management in the US Caribbean Graciela Garca-Moliner Livia M Montalvo Caribbean Fishery Management Council Slide 2 Timeline Summary of Regulations CFMC Fishery Management Plans (FMP) (color boxes) All regulations (PR and USVI state regulations and federal regulations included) Following slides are presented by FMP Refer to SEDAR SP3-08 document for years of implementation and complete summary Slide 3 A REA CLOSURES EEZ/PR/STX, EEZ/PR, USVI SEASONS Area closures EEZ/PR/STX EEZ/PR USVI seasons Slide 4 TRAP REGULATIONS Slide 5 QC 1992 STT closed; 1994 size and season; EEZ 1997 size and season, 1997 PR season; 2004 PR size and season; 2005 closed EEZ (STX); 2007-2008 STX regs. Slide 6 Goliath closures Nassau no harvest (1990/2004/2006) QC CLOSED EEZ 2005, 6 MONTH CLOSURE ST CROIX 2007 Slide 7 1936 Puerto Rico Fishing Law Commercial fish data collection Biostatistical data collection PR USVI biostatistical data Yellowtail 12 1936 Slide 8 1998 PR Fishing Law 2001 USVI Commercial License moratoria Slide 9 A REA CLOSURES EEZ/PR/STX, EEZ/PR, USVI SEASONS Area closures EEZ/PR/STX EEZ/PR USVI seasons TRAP REGULATIONS QC 1992 STT closed; 1994 size and season; EEZ 1997 size and season, 1997 PR season; 2004 PR size and season; 2005 closed EEZ (STX); 2007-2008 STX regs. SL 3.5 USVI, PR Nassau no harvest (1990/2004/2006) Goliath closures 1936 PR Fishing Law Commercial fish data collection USVI biostatistical data Biostatistical data collection PR Yellowtail 12 1998 PR Fishing Law 2001 USVI Commercial License morator ia QC CLOSED EEZ 2005, 6 MONTH CLOSURE ST CROIX 2007 Slide 10 A REA CLOSURES EEZ/PR/STX, EEZ/PR, USVI SEASONS Area closures EEZ/PR/STX EEZ/PR USVI seasons TRAP REGULATIONS QC 1992 STT closed; 1994 size and season; EEZ 1997 size and season, 1997 PR season; 2004 PR size and season; 2005 closed EEZ (STX); 2007-2008 STX regs. SL 3.5 USVI, PR Nassau no harvest (1990/2004/2006) Goliath closures 1936 PR Fishing Law Commercial fish data collection USVI biostatistical data Biostatistical data collection PR Yellowtail 12 1998 PR Fishing Law 2001 USVI Commercial License morator ia QC CLOSED EEZ 2005, 6 MONTH CLOSURE ST CROIX 2007 Slide 11 Commercial fish data collection in PR 1936 PR Fishing Law Biostatistical data collection PR 1998 PR Fishing Law PR Fishing Regulations and amendments Slide 12 Commercial fish data collection - USVI USVI biostatistical data Commercial License moratoria 2006 Regulations as per SFA Slide 13 1985 - The minimum carapace length should be 3.5 inches. Lobsters must remain whole for landing at shoreside. Egg-bearing ("berried") female lobsters may not be retained aboard the vessel. Berried female lobsters may be kept in pots or traps until the eggs are shed. Buoy, boat and trap identification and marking according to regulations are required. Lobsters must remain whole while transported to shore. 1985 Gear Restrictions: Traps and pots must have a self destruct panel and/or door fastenings Require owner id. and markings Prohibit use of poison, drugs chemicals for taking lobsters Prohibit the use of spears, hooks, explosives or similar devises for taking lobsters Illegal to pull other persons traps without owners permission SPINY LOBSTER REGULATIONS IN THE US CARIBBEAN 2009 - Prohibit any person from importing spiny lobster less than 5 ounces tail weight. If imported into Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands, prohibit importing spiny lobster less than 6.0 ounces tail weight. The importation of lobster tail meat without the exoskeleton attached, or of berried or stripped lobsters, is prohibited. Slide 14 1936 - PUERTO RICO No-egg bearing 1972 - TT/STJ/STX 3.5" carapace length, no- egg bearing, landed whole Tail 5.5" 1985 - PUERTO RICO 3.5" carapace length, landed whole, no- egg bearing Puerto Rico and USVI Regulations 1982 Traps, require id. and ? Mesh size 2009 - Prohibit any person from importing spiny lobster less than 5 ounces tail weight. If imported into Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands, prohibit importing spiny lobster less than 6.0 ounces tail weight. The importation of lobster tail meat without the exoskeleton attached, or of berried or stripped lobsters, is prohibited. 1985 Gear Restrictions: Traps and pots must have a self destruct panel and/or door fastenings Require owner id. and markings Prohibit use of poison, drugs chemicals for taking lobsters Prohibit the use of spears, hooks, explosives or similar devises for taking lobsters Illegal to pull other persons traps without owners permission 1985 - The minimum carapace length should be 3.5 inches. Lobsters must remain whole for landing at shoreside. Egg-bearing ("berried") female lobsters may not be retained aboard the vessel. Berried female lobsters may be kept in pots or traps until the eggs are shed. Buoy, boat and trap identification and marking according to regulations are required. Lobsters must remain whole while transported to shore. SPINY LOBSTER REGULATIONS IN THE US CARIBBEAN Slide 15 SL 3.5 USVI, PR, EEZ, IMPORT SIZE SPINY LOBSTER REGULATIONS IN THE US CARIBBEAN Slide 16 Slide 17 Slide 18 </p>