Volume 63

Developing Sustainability Principles for Assessment, Management and Eco-labeling in Sian Ka’an and Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserves, Mexico.

Ley-Cooper, K.
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Date: November, 2010

Pages: 52-59

Event: Proceedings of the Sixty-Third Annual Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute

City: San Juan

Country: Puerto Rico


An assessment of the biological and economical aspects of lobster fisheries (Panulirus argus) within two Biosphere Reserves in Mexico, the Banco Chinchorro and Sian Ka‘an, was conducted with the aim of proposing alternatives for improvement in the management at these Protected Areas. A local eco-labelling scheme, ?Chakay? representing all cooperatives that fish in these two areas, is discussed. The eco-labelling scheme is an innovative way used to increase compliance with management arrangements, which may in turn lead to more sustainable fisheries. This article reviews the eco-label implementation scheme as a commercial and legal strategy intended for generating an added value to sustainable practices, and discusses how it can be used as an instrument to help scientific monitoring and stock assessment of the lobster population.

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