Volume 69

The Importance of Keeping the Big Ones:Clutch Quality and Reproductive Senescence in Caribbean Spiny Lobster

Gnanalingam, G., and M.J. Butler IV
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Date: November, 2016

Pages: 276 - 277

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

City: Grand Cayman

Country: Cayman Islands


Recruitment overfishing, the depletion of adult spawning stocks, is a serious issue for fisheries worldwide and can lead to their irreversible collapse. Harvest restrictions, including legal size limits and spatial restrictions, provide a way to manage fisheries in a manner that conserves spawner biomass. These restrictions protect a fraction of a stock from harvest and provide a buffer from recruitment overfishing and/or growth overfishing (i.e., harvest at a size smaller than what would produce the maximum yield per recruit).

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