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Caribbean spiny lobster trap/pot

Current Classification on the 2017 LOF

Category III
Estimated Number of Participants >197
Target Species Spiny lobster
Applicable Take Reduction Plans N/A
Observer Coverage N/A
Marine Mammal Species/Stocks Killed or Injured None documented

^ Number of participants estimates are based on state and federal fisheries permit data.  The estimated number of participants is expressed in terms of the number of active participants in the fishery, when possible.  If this information is not available, the estimated number of vessels or persons licensed for a particular fishery is provided.  If no recent information is available on the number of participants, then the number from the most recent LOF is used.  NMFS acknowledges that, in some cases, these estimations may be inflating actual effort.  

*Observer coverage levels include the latest information reported in the most current final Stock Assessment Report (SAR)

1Indicates the stock or species is driving the classification of the fishery 

Note: Current classification based on final LOF, no proposed changes are reflected in this table.

Basis for Current Classification

No known species are incidentally killed/injured
in this fishery.


The marine waters extending from the shores of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the Territory of the Virgin Islands, to the outer limits of the U.S. fishery conservation zone (FCZ). 

Gear Description

Wooden, plastic, or metal traps are used by commercial fisherman. A buoy is either attached to each trap or a string of traps are set along a trap line with each end of the line marked with a buoy. Traps are weighted with cement and have a degradable
escape panel.


The Caribbean Spiny Lobster Fishery Management Plan under the Caribbean Fishery Management Council and the National Marine Fisheries Service.


Historical Information

Original Category (Year added to the LOF) III (2001)
Original Number of Participants >197
Basis for Original Classification Created by splitting the "Southeastern U.S. Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean spiny lobster trap/pot" into this fishery and the "Florida trap pot". No known species are incidentally killed/injured in this fishery.
Past Names Southeastern U.S. Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean spiny lobster trap/pot, 2001
Species/stocks historically documented as killed or injured (but not currently on the list) N/A

Updated December 14, 2016