THE SPINY-LOBSTER FISHERY IN CUBA*

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    I wish to thank Leonard Evenden, Sarah Joyce, and three anonymous reviewers for their comments on an earlier draft of this article.

Abstract

ABSTRACT. The spiny-lobster fishery, the most valuable fishery in Cuba, is unique among those in major lobster-producing countries because of its combination of strong central control and absence of standardization and mechanization in fishing gear. Cooperation rather than competition among fishing vessels is promoted by exclusive fishing zones and fleet organization. These measures, along with the use of storage centers, simple vessels, and inexpensively constructed fishing gear, have promoted spatial rationality and cost reduction in the fishery and made it one of the most successful spiny-lobster fisheries in the world.

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