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Nicaragua Artisanal sea cucumber fishery - Caribbean Sea
Fishery  Fact Sheet
WECAFC Fishery Resources Report 2019
Nicaragua Artisanal sea cucumber fishery - Caribbean Sea
Fact Sheet Citation  
Pesqueria artesanal de pepino de mar del caribe
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Overview: Fishermen dive with autonomous equipment for two shifts in the morning and in the afternoon, in shallow waters between 15 and 30 meters deep.

Location of Nicaragua Artisanal sea cucumber fishery - Caribbean Sea

Geographic reference:  Nicaragua
Spatial Scale: National
Reference year: 2019
Approach: Fishing Activity

Fishing Activity
Fishing Gear: Diving
Type of production system: Artisanal
Fishery Area: Caribbean Sea; Nicaragua;

Seasonality: December - May

Harvested Resource
Target Species: Pepino de mar; null; Four-sided sea cucumber …  

Associated Species: Queen conch; Caribbean spiny lobster

Means of Production
Vessel Type:
Fishery Indicators
Nominal Effort: Number of fishing unit
Employment: Number of fishermen
Production: Landed Volume; Export Price

Fishing Activity
Type of production system: Artisanal   

Fishery Area
Climatic zone: Tropical.   Bottom type: Seagrass; Soft bottom.   Depth zone: Coastal - Shallow waters, inshore (0 m - 50 m).   Horizontal distribution: Littoral.   Vertical distribution: Demersal/Benthic.  

Geo References for: Caribbean Sea
Vessel Type

Vessels carrying divers an estimated 250 artisanal boats with a length of up to 15 meters and 6 fishermen in each boat occasionally participate. For a total of 1 500 artisanal fishermen.

Catch Handling and Processing Equipment
6 (NIC)
Flag State
Fishing Gear
Divers collect the sea cucumber from the bottom.
December - May
Bilwi, Bluefield
Trip Duration
6 days
Fisherfolks Community
List of fishery Indicators
Fishery Indicators
TypeMeasureValueUnitTime period
Nominal EffortNumber of fishing unit ~250fishing units2021
EmploymentNumber of fishermen 1500 [NIC-HND]Persons2021
ProductionLanded Volume 3155tonnes2019
Export Price11687.333USD2019
Post Harvest
Fish Utilisation
Fresh, boiled and dried
Taiwan Province of China. The average export price for dry sea cucumber presentation is US$11.61 per pound.
Management unit: Yes

Jurisdictional framework
Management Body/Authority(ies): Nicaraguan Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture (INPESCA)
Mandate: Management.  
Area of Competence: Nicaragua
Maritime Area: Territorial Sea.  
Management Regime
Management Methods

Conservation and management measure with focus on Catch control, effort control, spawner/juvenile protection, catch/export quota control, size limits - Binding

  • Aquatic species-related measures
    Size limits
  • Fishing activity-related measures
    Permits issued by the local government. Closed fishing season June - November.
Status and Trends
Stable (2019)
Source of Information
Information provided by the Dirección de Investigaciones Pesqueras (DIP) del Instituto Nicaragüense de la Pesca y Acuicultura (INPESCA). 2019. Anuario Pesquero y Acuícola.  Click to open
Instituto Nicaragüense de la Pesca y Acuicultura (INPESCA)  Click to open
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