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Quintana Roo lobster fishermen report one of best seasons

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — The 2023-2024 lobster season on the Quintana Roo coast has come to an end. State fishermen have reported a seasonal catch of around 350 tons. As of March 1, lobster season for Quintana Roo fishermen came to a close.

The five existing fishing cooperatives of Isla Mujeres spent Thursday rushing to remove their traps from the seabed and avoid sanctions. Many took advantage of the good weather conditions to lift the traps, which had to be out of the water before midnight February 29.

Baltazar Gómez Catzin, President of the federation’s fishing cooperatives called this last season good with the month of February being the most productive.

Photo: Cooperativa Pesquera Cozumel February 29, 2024.

He says there are 15 cooperatives associated with the federation who reported a total catch of 350 tons of whole lobster and around 25 tons of tail.

Over 350 tons was caught around the state. Photo: Cooperativa Pesquera Cozumel February 29, 2024.

Quintana Roo fishermen from the five cooperative from the southern zone (Xcalac, Andrés Quintana Roo, Azcorra, Langosteros del Caribe and Banco Chinchorro) captured 150 tons.

Fishermen say it was one of the best seasons in recent years.
Photo: Cooperativa Pesquera Cozumel February 29, 2024.

Three cooperatives from the central zone (the María Elena cooperatives from Cozumel, Punta Allen and Tulum) reported a capture of 85 tons, while the seven from the northern zone caught 125 tons of which 25 tons were captured between the Puerto Juárez and Cabo Catoche cooperatives of Holbox.

Lobster fishermen from Cozumel show off their catch.
Photo: Cooperativa Pesquera Cozumel February 29, 2024.

The five cooperatives of Isla Mujeres reported a record-breaking total haul of 100 tons of whole lobster, 10 tons of which were caught last week. Gómez Catzin says it was one of the best seasons in recent years. Lobster season for Quintana Roo runs June 30 to March 1 each year.