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Problems and perspectives regarding recruitment of spiny lobsters, Panulirus argus, to the South Florida fishery
Lyons, W.G. (1986). Problems and perspectives regarding recruitment of spiny lobsters, Panulirus argus, to the South Florida fishery. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 43(11): 2099-2106
In: Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences = Journal canadien des sciences halieutiques et aquatiques. National Research Council Canada: Ottawa. ISSN 0706-652X, more
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Keywords
    Fisheries; Lobster fisheries; Recruitment; Stock assessment; Marine

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  • Lyons, W.G.

Abstract
    Inappropriate minimum size, illegal harvest, fishery-induced juvenile growth retardation and mortality, and excessive effort have reduced reproductive contributions and depressed yield-per-recruit in the overcapitalized south Florida spiny lobster (Panulirus argus) fishery. Measures recommended to improve yield-per-recruit are as follows: increase minimum legal size to 85-90 mm carapace lengh; require escape gaps in traps; eliminate possession of sublegal lobsters aboard vessels; prohibit harvest in nurseries; reduce fishing effort; improve enforcement of fishery regulations; and initiate programs to educate fishermen regarding impacts of fishery practices. International management is recommended to assure larval recruitment among Pan-Caribbean stocks.

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