Honduras Lobster FIP

    Last updated April 21, 2014 

    FIP Stage



    Caribbean spiny lobster (Panulirus argus)

    © Abel Valdivia

    Fishery Background

    • Volume – approximately 1,265 mt of lobster tails  in 2009 (all gear types)
    • Gear – Lobster trap
    • Location – Both industrial and artisanal fleets conduct the lobster fishery in Honduras. The industrial fleet centers its activities around the Bay Islands (Roatan, Guanaja) and La Ceiba. This fleet exploits the banks of Rosalinda, Gorda, Thunder Knoll, Media Luna and Lagarto Reef, in the eastern territorial waters of Honduras, and close to the border with Nicaragua. Other exploited banks include Misteriosa and El Rosario, north of the Swan Islands. The artisanal activity takes place in the Cayos Cochinos archipelago area. Please note that these locations are for the trap and dive fisheries.

    FIP Stakeholders

    Some of the stakeholders involved in the FIP include: WWF, the General Directorate for Fishing and Aquaculture (DIGEPESCA), the Organization of the Central American Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector (OSPESCA), The Nature Conservancy, the Center for Marine Ecology (CEM), the National Service of Agropecuary  Health (SENASA), the Roatan Marine Park, Honduras Coral Reef Fund (Cayos Cochinos co-manager), the Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL), the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG), the Navy, the Caribbean Fishers Association (APESCA), the Association of Honduras Industrial Fishers (APICA),  and other industry representatives.

    Project Background

    The Honduras spiny lobster FIP process began in June 2011 with completion of a Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) pre-assessment. In October 2011, following the completion of the pre-assessment, a FIP scoping document was developed, which includes potential strategies for addressing the gaps identified in the pre-assessment. After sharing the scoping document with stakeholders, WWF held a FIP stakeholder meeting in December 2011 in Roatán, Honduras to  develop a FIP Action Plan that will be implemented over the next several years to bring the fishery up to a level consistent with the MSC standard.  At the stakeholder meeting, FIP activities, responsible parties, and estimated timeframes to complete each activity were identified. The FIP Action Plan was finalized in July 2012.

    Key Accomplishments

    The FIP Action Plan was recently finalized in July 2012. Since then we have been working to begin implementation of high priority activities.

    Next Steps

    Several FIP activities need to be completed by FIP stakeholders in order for the fishery to be ready to enter MSC full assessment. Some of these activities include:

    • Developing a comprehensive monitoring program;
    • Developing a long-term IUU monitoring plan;
    • Adapting, improving or developing new forms to collect necessary data to inform stock assessments, ecosystem-based indicators (i.e., non-target species, habitat, ecosystem), and the harvest strategy;
    • Developing a stock assessment model and conducting a stock assessment;
    • Developing harvest control rules and integrating them into the harvest strategy;
    • Conducting a literature review of research from other areas on impacts on non-target species;
    • Developing an observer program for long-term monitoring of non-target species;
    • Conducting a study to evaluate habitat impacts of lobster traps in Honduras; and
    • Strengthening the capacity of fishery officers. 

    Additional Documents