Volume 72

Strategy for the Sustainable Management of Edible Semi-terrestrial Crab Species Cardisoma guanhumi (Land Crab) and Ucides cordatus (Ghost Crab) by the National Park of Guadeloupe

Bourgeois-Lebel, S; S. Mege
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Date: November, 2019

Pages: 168-171

Event: Proceedings of the Seventy-Two Annual Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute

City: Punta Cana

Country: Dominican Republic


The National Park of Guadeloupe Island (Lesser Antilles) was created in 1989. From June 2009, the park is composed of multipolar cores (21,000 hectares), a partnership zone (90,000 ha) and a sustainable development marine zone (130,000 ha). The National Park has a territory charter defining the objectives for all these areas. Sixteen municipalities have subscribed to this project. The inhabitants of some of these municipalities have denounced the overexploitation and the non-selective methods of capture for Cardisoma guanhumi and Ucides cordatus. They were once consumed mainly during Easter and whit periods. They are currently fished all year round and their populations are threatened. In this context, the National Park proposes a management model to protect these crabs.

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