Cuban fisheries catches within FAO area 31 (Western Central Atlantic): 1950 – 1999

J.A. Baisre, S. Booth, D. Zeller

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Abstract

Two sources of fisheries catches by Cuba were compared: National records pertaining to national waters (EEZ/shelf) obtained from local scientists, and FAO FISHSTAT for the entire FAO area 31 (Western Central Atlantic). This permitted the spatial separation of catches into ‘inshore’ (EEZ/shelf) and ‘offshore’ components (area 31 outside of Cuban EEZ/shelf). Through consideration of additional information on by-catch composition, we were able to allocate significant portions of the reported by-catch, previously recorded as ‘miscellaneous marine fishes’ (MMF), to individual taxa, thus reducing the MMF component in the reported landings by up to 41%. Overall, Cuban reported catches peaked at 76,000 t in 1987, and have been declining since, to just under 55,000 t by 1999. Catches are dominated by Caribbean spiny lobster (Panulirus argus), shrimp (Penaeus spp.), and in earlier periods also red grouper (Epinephelus morio) and grunts (Haemulidae), with Lane snapper (Lutjanus synagris), sharks & rays, and mangrove oysters (Crassostrea rhizophorae) also contribute significantly to reported catches.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrom Mexico to Brazil: Central Atlantic fisheries catch trends and ecosystem models
EditorsD. Zeller, S. Booth, E. Mohammed, D. Pauly
Place of PublicationVancouver
PublisherUniversity of British Columbia
Pages133-139
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)1198-6727
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameFisheries Centre Research Reports
Number6
Volume11

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Food and Agricultural Organization
bycatch
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mangrove
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Baisre, J. A., Booth, S., & Zeller, D. (2003). Cuban fisheries catches within FAO area 31 (Western Central Atlantic): 1950 – 1999. In D. Zeller, S. Booth, E. Mohammed, & D. Pauly (Eds.), From Mexico to Brazil: Central Atlantic fisheries catch trends and ecosystem models (pp. 133-139). (Fisheries Centre Research Reports; Vol. 11, No. 6). Vancouver: University of British Columbia.
Baisre, J.A. ; Booth, S. ; Zeller, D. / Cuban fisheries catches within FAO area 31 (Western Central Atlantic): 1950 – 1999. From Mexico to Brazil: Central Atlantic fisheries catch trends and ecosystem models. editor / D. Zeller ; S. Booth ; E. Mohammed ; D. Pauly. Vancouver : University of British Columbia, 2003. pp. 133-139 (Fisheries Centre Research Reports; 6).
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Baisre, JA, Booth, S & Zeller, D 2003, Cuban fisheries catches within FAO area 31 (Western Central Atlantic): 1950 – 1999. in D Zeller, S Booth, E Mohammed & D Pauly (eds), From Mexico to Brazil: Central Atlantic fisheries catch trends and ecosystem models. Fisheries Centre Research Reports, no. 6, vol. 11, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, pp. 133-139.

Cuban fisheries catches within FAO area 31 (Western Central Atlantic): 1950 – 1999. / Baisre, J.A.; Booth, S.; Zeller, D.

From Mexico to Brazil: Central Atlantic fisheries catch trends and ecosystem models. ed. / D. Zeller; S. Booth; E. Mohammed; D. Pauly. Vancouver : University of British Columbia, 2003. p. 133-139 (Fisheries Centre Research Reports; Vol. 11, No. 6).

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Baisre JA, Booth S, Zeller D. Cuban fisheries catches within FAO area 31 (Western Central Atlantic): 1950 – 1999. In Zeller D, Booth S, Mohammed E, Pauly D, editors, From Mexico to Brazil: Central Atlantic fisheries catch trends and ecosystem models. Vancouver: University of British Columbia. 2003. p. 133-139. (Fisheries Centre Research Reports; 6).