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August 14, 2014

Turks and Caicos Islands

Lobster Farming, Kind Of

 

A project to provide training and assistance to fishermen so they could farm spiny lobsters in the Turks and Caicos Islands has been completed.  Funded by a $65,000 grant from the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office through MerAngel Ecological Services, the project taught fishermen and government employees on Grand Turk, South Caicos and Providenciales islands how to design, build and deploy artificial habitats, which have been proven to increase the abundance and biomass of lobsters in areas where habitat is limited for lobsters (Panulirus argus).

 

The design of the habitats incorporates long lasting materials primarily geared towards use by juvenile lobsters.  Juvenile protection is intended to enable more lobsters to reach maturity, which in turn should facilitate higher levels of reproduction.  In total, 42 fishermen, water sports operators and government employees attended the seminars and workshops, with 100 habitats being constructed and 11 demonstration sites mapped.  Two fishermen were also trained on how to deliver workshops.

 

Information: Marsha Pardee, MerAngel Ecological Services (phone 649-941-8001, mobile 649-431-7031, USA phone 843-278-0480, email marsha@merangel.net, webpage http://www.merangel.net/ecological/index.html).

 

Source: Turks and Caicos News.  UK-Funded Lobster Habitat Construction Project Completed.  August 11, 2014.

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