Fisheries and Resources Monitoring System

Rock and spiny lobsters - Kenya
Marine Resource  Fact Sheet
Status of stocks and resources 2010
Rock and spiny lobsters - Kenya
Fact Sheet Citation  
Langoustes tropicales
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FAO Names: en - Spiny lobsters nei, fr - Langoustes diverses nca, es - Langostas diversas nep
Geographic extent of Rock and spiny lobsters - Kenya
Main Descriptors
Considered a single stock: No        Spatial Scale: National
Management unit: Yes        Reference year: 2009
Habitat and Biology
Climatic zone: Tropical.   Vertical distribution: Demersal/Benthic.  

Geographical Distribution
Jurisdictional distribution: Straddling between High Seas and EEZ

Water Area Overview
Spatial Scale: National

Geo References
Resource Structure
Considered a single stock: No
Level of uncertainty: High

The assessment is based on total landings from the entire coastline.
Spiny lobster fishery of Lamu District has undergone the pre-assessment, is currently undergoing a full stock assessment and the development of a management in order to undergo MSC certification process.
Empirical Assessment
Type:  Expert judgement
Catch trends, Total landings

Catches (2009): 84t, % Change from preceding year: - 16 %
Management unit: Yes
Biological State and Trend
State & Trend Descriptors
Exploitation rateModerate fishing mortality
High fishing mortality
Abundance levelLow abundance
Exploitation stateOverexploited
Report of the FOURTH SESSION OF THE SOUTH WEST INDIAN OCEAN FISHERIES COMMISSION. Mombasa, Kenya, 23–25 September 2009. Rapport de la QUATRIÈME SESSION DE LA COMMISSION DES PÊCHES POUR LE SUD-OUEST DE L’OCÉAN INDIEN. Mombasa, Kenya, 23-25 septembre 2009.  Click to open
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