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

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

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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
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)1198-6727
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameFisheries Centre Research Reports


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