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Nicaragua Industrial sea cucumber fishery - Caribbean Sea
Fishery  Fact Sheet
WECAFC Fishery Resources Report 2019
Nicaragua Industrial sea cucumber fishery - Caribbean Sea
Fact Sheet Citation  
Pesqueria industrial 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 Industrial 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: Industrial
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 vessels
Employment: Number of fishermen
Production: Landed Volume; Export Price

Fishing Activity
Type of production system: Industrial   

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

4 vessels carrying divers out industrial fishing for Caribbean sea cucumber, each boat with 64 crew members, for a total of 256 fishermen in the industrial fleet in addition.

Catch Handling and Processing Equipment
Fish hold with ice
64 (NIC, HND)
Flag State
Fishing Gear
Divers collect the sea cucumber from the bottom.
December - May
Bilwi, Bluefield
Trip Duration
15 days
Fisherfolks Community
List of fishery Indicators
Fishery Indicators
TypeMeasureValueUnitTime period
Nominal EffortNumber of vessels ~4vessels2021
EmploymentNumber of fishermen 256 [NIC-HND]Persons2021
ProductionLanded Volume 341tonnes2019
Export Price1269.799USD2019
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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