Honduras Lobster

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Honduras Lobster

  • Species Name: Panulirus argus
  • Location/Region: Honduras EEZ, Caribbean Sea
  • Gear Type: Traps
  • Volume: 1657 MT (2013)

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Honduras Lobster

FIP Stage: 4 (Improvements in Fishing Practices or Fishery Management)
Last Updated: March 14, 2017

The Caribbean spiny lobster fishery provides a livelihood for hundreds of fishers and packing plant processors in Honduras. This industrial Honduran fishery faces critical issues including a lack of robust data to inform stock status and management decisions, limited information on impacts of lobster traps on marine habitats and ecosystems, an ineffective legal management framework, and limited resources to enforce fishing regulations. But with the active involvement of FIP Stakeholders, such as General Directorate for Fishing and Aquaculture (DIGPESCA), and FIP Participants, the challenges facing this fishery are being addressed against the MSC standard.

  • © Antonio Busiello | WWF-US

  • © Antonio Busiello | WWF-US

  • © Antonio Busiello | WWF-US


FIP efforts address governance, fishing practices, and environmental impacts of the fishery so it can meet the MSC standard. This work is steered by FIP participants and FIP stakeholders and includes:
  • Working with industrial fishers and processing plants to gather sound data such as lobster tail length and tail weight to analyze and identify catch trends.

  • Engaging with government stakeholders directly, in a shift towards updated laws and regulations that support improved management practices and sustainability of the fisheries.

  • Identifying effective strategies for monitoring, control, and surveillance (MCS) to improve enforcement of regulations for the lobster fishery. Stronger enforcement strategies contribute to a clear and permanent plan for monitoring and controlling illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing of spiny lobster.

  • Supporting local partners in key areas of research including stock status analyses, fishing locations of industrial vessels, and calculating the fishing effort of the industrial lobster fleet.


We encourage action across the supply chain to support FIP progress. A FIP Participant is an industry member that is part of the seafood supply chain for the FIP product and is actively engaged in supporting the FIP.

How Can I Become a FIP Participant?

A FIP Participant is an industry member that is part of the seafood supply chain for the FIP product (e.g., retailers, food service providers, suppliers, manufacturers, etc.) and is actively engaged in supporting the FIP. WWF-US encourages support of FIP participants, and will acknowledge FIP Participants on our sustainable seafood website and in other communications regarding our FIP work.

To be considered by WWF-US as a FIP Participant the participating entity is expected to follow the WWF-US FIP Participant Policy.

For more information about what a FIP is and how you can play a role, please contact info@nullseafoodsustainability.org.


The Marine Stewardship Council uses 28 performance indicators to assess the sustainability of fisheries. The chart represents the percentage of indicators that would likely pass, pass with conditions for improvement, or fail upon the fishery’s full assessment.

Honduras Lobster FIP Status

Initial Assessment

Implementing Improvements

We use a step-wise process to evaluate the fishery’s performance and identify sustainability issues, and then to implement improvements and report results. Want to dive deeper into this FIP’s progress on each of the MSC performance indicators? Visit FisheryProgress.org.

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By signing on to support a FIP you are joining forces with other leaders in the industry that seek to help conserve marine ecosystems, protect livelihoods, and increase the number of sustainable fisheries and the overall supply of sustainable seafood.

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