The Dominican Republic Backs Ban on the Caribbean Spiny Lobster


The Dominican Republic expressed its support for the Regional Simultaneous Ban on the Caribbean spiny lobster (Panulirus argus), which will be put into place from March 1 to June 30, 2013, with the aim to protect the species during the period of increased reproduction.

Francisco Frías, director of the Dominican Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Codopesca), stated that “During this period the capture, processing, meat or mass possession and marketing of the spiny lobster, spotted spiny lobster, spiny rock lobster and spiny lobster mom are prohibited.”

The General Secretariat of the Central American Integration System (SICA) certified the ban by means of the Regulation OSP-02-09, for the regional management of the Caribbean lobster fishery. The non-compliance of the rule is categorized in the regulation and in the law 307-04, of Codopesca, as “very serious offense” and it is punishable by means of a period between two and 10 years in prison or fines reaching ten public sector minimum wages.

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