Tomorrow Begins Lobster Season in Galapagos
September 19, 2011 § Leave a comment
Tuesday begins lobster season in the Galapagos Marine Reserve. During the next 120 days fisherman are able to catch and sell lobster with quotas of 22 tons of red tail lobster and 6 tons of green tail lobsters. This time each year the Galapagos National Park allows the capture of lobster in within the Galapagos Marine Reserve. It is also the time of year when many local restaurants and Galapagos Cruises will feature lobster on their menu.
Fisherman are resticted to lobsters between 6 and 26 inches in length measuring from their head to their tail. Additionally they do not allow the use of spears, guns or traps within the Galapagos Marine Reserve.
As with all fishing around the Galapagos Islands anglers wishing to fish during their visit must be registered with the Galapagos National Park Service and have a permit to fish with an artisantal fisherman licensed to fish within the Galapagos Marine Reserve on a boat with an original permit for fishing issued by the Galapagos National Park and all current paperwork with the maritime authorities.
The artisinal fishing program in Galapagos offers fisherman the opportunity to continue a tranditions passed down through generations as well as benefit from the tourist industry while regulation the catch and monitoring fishing levels to protect the marine life in the area.