|The commercial aspects of spiny lobster farming|
Sims Jr., H.W. (1968). The commercial aspects of spiny lobster farming. Florida Board of Conservation Marine Laboratory: Florida. 4 pp.
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The Florida spiny lobster, Panulirus argus, is an important item in Florida fisheries, rating high among fishery products. The fishery is centered in south Florida and the Florida Keys but the commercial range may extend into other areas as more exploratory research is done. The majority of the catch is made using wooden traps and discarded ice cans, but large numbers are taken at certain times of the year in bully nets, shrimp trawls, and by hand. The catch is sold alive. The U. S. catches cannot satisfy the demand for this tasty product and each year millions of pounds are imported from South America, Africa, Australia, and other countries. Because of the fairly high market price placed on this animal and because of the large number imported, several persons have become interested in the artificial propagation of the spiny lobster and have requested information on the commercial feasibility of lobster farming. It is for that reason this paper is prepared.