Lobster, Caribbean Spiny
(Bahamas Diver-caught, Traps)
Spiny lobsters from the Bahamas are considered a "Good Alternative" as they are caught from a stable population using selective fishing methods. However there are concerns over fishery management specifically regulation enforcement and monitoring of catch.
Caribbean Spiny Lobster, Red Lobster, Warmwater Lobster
Spiny lobsters from the Bahamas represent approximately 13% of the US market for spiny lobsters. The majority of lobsters caught in the Bahamas are exported, mainly to the US, with small amounts entering local markets, particularly restaurants.
Spiny lobsters are caught using traps and casitas (shelters), both of which are highly selective gears, although there is moderate concern over the impact on the ecosystem due to the vulnerable nature of the habitats being fished.
Spiny lobsters from the Bahamas come from a stable population fished with highly selective fishing methods. There are concerns over the management of the fishery, particularly the monitoring of the catch and enforcement of regulations; however it is better than the management systems in place in other Caribbean fisheries (which are of critical concern). There are high levels of unrecorded catches in the Bahamas which is a cause for concern, but it should be noted that these landings are legal and that they go unrecorded as only exported lobsters are monitored.