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Out of season fresh lobster offered to restaurants

Press Release STINAPA

STINAPA has received the message that lobster is offered to restaurants lately and placed on the menu.

Please be informed that it is prohibited to catch lobsters in Bonaire during the period from May 1st to October 31th. Do not catch, buy, serve, sell or eat fresh lobster within this period.

During this period lobsters are protected species because it is their breeding season. Spiny lobsters breed and spawn when the ocean is warm during the summer and female lobsters may produce hundreds of thousands of eggs twice during the reproductive season. She lays the eggs and holds them under her tail for up to ten weeks, until they are ready to hatch. It is strictly prohibited to take lobster during this time.

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