Lobster Season Cozumel

Cozumel Fishermen Near Goal for Lobster Catch

With 2 months left in this season, looks to be a banner year…

Photo Courtesy of Mario Ceh

Although fishing season for Panulirus argus, also known as the Caribbean spiny lobster, doesn’t officially end until February 28, 2018, Cozumel fisherman are already expecting a banner year.   Representatives from the Cozumel Fisherman’s Cooperative are reporting that 25 tons of lobster has already been harvested, with an end-goal of 30 tons for the season.

A relatively low-level hurricane season in Cozumel, as well as calm seas and good weather have contributed to this high yield.  Meaning that Cozumel’s abundance of lobsters can be shipped all over the country.  Nearly 50 families, that comprise the Cooperative can look forward the next two months.

 

The lobster season comes to end on the last day in February, where lobster will remain out-of-season until July 1st.  This hiatus is to take into account their breeding season.

Caribbean spiny lobsters hatch from eggs that are carried on the female’s back for approximately 4 weeks.  Lobsters molt, or shed their hard exoskeleton as they grow and will undergo several moltings before reaching an adult size, which takes about 2 years.

During the lobster season Cozumel’s Fisherman’s Cooperative flash freezes the majority of the lobster catch so that island restaurants can continue to serve lobster during their reproductive season.

Los pescadores de Cozumel cerca de la meta en la captura de langosta

Los dos meses que quedan en la temporada, auguran  un muy buen año. . .

No obstante que la temporada de captura de la Panulirus argus, también conocida como langosta espinosa del

Photo Courtesy of Chelsea Roberts

Caribe, no concluye sino hasta Febrero 28, 2018, los pescadores de Cozumel esperan que este sea un año ejemplar. Representantes de la Cooperativa de Pescadores de Cozumel reportan que ya se han capturado 25 toneladas de langosta, y que la meta sea de 30 toneladas a finales de la temporada.

 

La baja intensidad durante la temporada de huracanes para Cozumel así como la mar en calma y el buen clima contribuyeron a la cosecha. Ello significa que la abundancia de langostas de Cozumel pueden enviarse a todo el país. Las casi 50 familias que forman la Cooperativa, anticipan con agrado la llegada de los próximos dos meses.

 

La temporada de langosta finaliza el último día de Febrero, y permanece en veda hasta Julio 1º- Este lapso es para tomar en consideración el periodo de reproducción.

 

Las langostas espinosas del Caribe eclosionan de los huevos que la hembra carga sobre su lomo durante casi 4 semanas. Conforme se desarrollan, las langostas mudan su exoesqueleto y continuarán mudándolo hasta alcanzar el tamaño adulto que tarda casi 2 años.

 

Durante la temporada de langosta  la Cooperativa de Pescadores de Cozumel congela la mayor parte de lo cosechado para que así los restaurantes de la Isla tengan la oportunidad de continuar sirviendo langosta durante la época de reproducción.

Laura Wilkinson

Author at Cozumel 4 You
Laura Wilkinson is the Editor for Cozumel 4 You. An ex-Connecticut Yankee who has called Cozumel home for over 15 years, Laura ran away to the Caribbean years ago, bumped around the islands teaching SCUBA diving, lost some time in Jamaica, and finally stopped in Cozumel for a 2 week vacation that hasn’t ended yet. With a degree in Journalism from a fancy private college she convinced her parents to pay for, Laura writes, edits, and creates the weekly Cozumel 4 You news, promotional articles about the island, and her very own blog, which she finds hilarious. Her long suffering husband, the Fabster, has long since resigned himself to having zero private life, as he’s been involved in her various schemes and plots since his arrival. Proud parents to a variety of rescue dogs and cats, Laura continues to be the bane of her traditional Mexican mother-in-law’s existence, as she muses her way through life in the Mexican Caribbean.

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