Spiny lobster fishery on the Mahe Plateau : November 2001 - January 2002
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The present report reviews the spiny lobster fishery on the Mahe Plateau for the 2001/2002 fishing season. The monitoring programme, set up in 1992, was continued this season to collect more information on the spiny lobster stock in order to improve and maintain proper management of this resource around the Mahe Plateau. For the 2001/2002 lobster fishing season, a total of 40 licenses were issued namely twenty seven on Mahe, five on Praslin and eight on La Digue. Similar to previous seasons, the most frequently used lobster fishing technique was snorkelling which involved 32 fishing units, whilst only four units used the trap method and one used both snorkelling and trap. For this three-month fishing season, a total of 5.5 tonnes of spiny lobsters were estimated to have been landed compared to 10.2 tonnes in 2000-2001 fishing season. Most landings were on Mahe, which accounted for 58.44 % of the total catch (3.24 tonnes) followed by Praslin with 13.89% (0.77 tonnes). Both La Di.....