Friday, November 1, 2019

Bahamas’ $75 Million Spiny Lobster Fishery Has Been Set Back Years In The Wake Of Hurricane Dorian

Iris Monnereau

 By Daphne Ewing-Chow

Hurricane Dorian, which battered the Bahamas between September 1st and 3rd 2019, has devastated the islands’ $75 million Caribbean spiny lobster fishery. The vital economic sector, which employs more than 9,000 Bahamians, will take years to rebuild from the category-5 hurricane.

A Post-Disaster Damage and Needs Assessment carried out by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), under the leadership of Dr. Iris Monnereau and in collaboration with the government of the Bahamas, during October 2019, confirmed that nearly 80% of the fisheries sector and its supporting infrastructure, including lobster and conch collection centres in Grand Bahama and Abaco, ranged from being significantly damaged to completely destroyed.  Read more >>