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The Geographical Review
October 1997, Vol. 87 (4), pp. 484-503
The Spiny-Lobster Fishery in Cuba
Ian T. Joyce
Retrieving a lobster trap fromBuena Vista Bay, on the Northeast Shelf off Cuba, August 1993. Photograph by Author.
The spiny-lobster fishery, the most valuable fishery in Cuba, is unique among those in major lobster-producing countries because of its combination of strong central control and absence of standardization and mechanization in fishing gear. Cooperation rather competition among fishing vessels is promoted by exclusive fishing zones and fleet organization. These measures, along with the use of storage centers, simple vessels, and inexpensively constructed fishing gear, have promoted spatial rationality and cost reduction in the fishery and made it one of the most successful spiny-lobster fisheries in the world.
Keywords: Cuba, fisheries, socialism, spiny lobster
Dr. JOYCE is an instructor of geography at Douglas College, New Westminster, Canada.
To contact the author: Dr. Ian T. Joyce
Department of Geography
P.O. Box 2503
New Westminster B.C.
Phone: (604) 527-5305, (604) 527-5095 fax