The federal sub-delegate of the National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (CONAPESCA), Félix Luna Gómez, officially announced on Sunday, July 1, the beginning of the lobster catch season, one of the most important fisheries in Yucatan, hoping it will be a good 8 month season.
He said that the lobster catch began on the first of July and will end up on February 28, 2019; there is still no set goal that fishermen hope to achieve.
The first days of the season, the numbers are low, but later on, figures start to improve.
Luna Gómez pointed out that the crustacean is commonly caught in the eastern ports of the state such as Dzilam de Bravo, San Felipe, El Cuyo, Tizimín, Rio Lagartos as well as Isla Pérez.
He explained that around 2,000 fishermen have a permit to catch lobster, a risky activity because it is diving at a certain depth of the sea, and the crustacean moves a lot.
Luna Gómez underlined that the fishermen of the East of the State do not allow the predation of species such as sea cucumber, lobster and octopus; therefore, it is expected that there will be a good uptake of the crustacean this 8-month season, that will end in Feb. 2019.
It should be noted that the president of the Federation of Fisheries Cooperatives of the Central Poniente Center of the State, José Luis Carrillo Galaz, informed that from July 1, 2017 to February 28, 2018, 600 tons of lobster were captured with an economic income of more than 120 million pesos (6 million USD); as one kilo came to cost up to 550 pesos (27 USD).
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