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Lobster Ban Begins

Breeding & genetics

MEXICO - The capture of marine lobster in the waters of the Yucatan state will be prohibited as from 1 March to 30 June 2010, announced the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.

According to Diario de Yucatan, Delfin Quezada Dominguez, director of Fisheries and Aquaculture said that the measure taken aims to protect the reproductive phase of the species and assure the natural repopulation of the marine ecosystem.

He said: "This fishery is important for our economy because of the income it provides to fish producers, hence it is considered a sustainable fishery. Therefore it must be respected."

10 years ago the average catch of crustacean was 350 tonnes. This figure has been declining, and Dr Dominguex said he would not be surprised if this years catch did not exceed 120 tonnes.

Nearly a thousand producers participate in the fishery industry, the main catching areas including San Felipe, El Cuyo and Progreso.

The season for lobster catching starts on 1 July 2010 and end on 28 February 2011.