Fishery Resources of the Caribbean region

US Caribbean

The SEFSC of NOAA has regional the responsibility, within the Federal Government, of providing support to the Caribbean Fisheries Council in matters related to the assessment of fishery resources in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Island. CUFER staff have been collaborating since 2000 with SEFSC scientists in the assessments of conch, spiny lobster and reef fish resources. Collaboration has included contributing to the improvement of the quality of the fishery databases on US Caribbean fisheries held by the SEFSC, preparing scientific documents for the SEDAR process and attending SEDAR and US Caribbean Fishery Council meetings.

The following CUFER staff are currently involved in the Assessment of US Caribbean fishery resources:


Manoj Shivlani

Manoj leads a project assessing marine protected areas in Vieques Island, Puerto Rico.


Steve Saul

Steve has been involved in this project since 2004 when he worked on Caribbean fishery databases. Steve has participated in and contributed to the assessment of yellowtail snapper, and Spiny lobster. Steve is now working on developing individual based models to evaluate the usefulness of relative abundance indices derived from fishery data akin to that collected in US Caribbean fisheries.


David Die

David has been involved in the improvement of databases, and the assessments of conch and spiny lobsters.


List of documents contributed by CUFER staff on US Caribbean Fishery Resources

Valle-Esquivel M., M. Shivlani, D. Matos-Caraballo, D. J. Die, G. García-Moliner. (in press) Coastal Fisheries Profile of Latin America and the Caribbean: The Fishery of Puerto Rico. Coastfish proceedings.

Chormanski, S, and D. Die. 2005. SEDAR8-DW3 Lobster assessment history.

Saul, S. 2005. SEDAR8-DW5 A Review of the Literature and Life History Study of the Caribbean Spiny Lobster, Panulirus argus.

M. Valle-Esquivel, and Diaz, G. M. 2005. SEDAR8-DW9 An update on the reported landings, expansion factors, and expanded landings for the commercial fisheries of the United States Virgin Islands (with emphasis on spiny lobster and the snapper complex)

Chormanski, S and D. Die 2005. SEDAR8-DW11 The commercial lobster fishery on Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands.

Saul, S. 2005. SEDAR8-DW13 Preliminary Analysis of Fishery Independent Data Collected in the U.S. Caribbean for two commercially important species: Yellowtail Snapper and Red Hind.

Saul, S. 2005. SEDAR8-AW1 US Virgin Islands Commercial Landings and Biostatistical data recovery project

Saul, S., G. Diaz, and A. Rosario. 2005. SEDAR8-AW2 Preliminary Analysis and Standardized Catch Per Unit Effort Indices for Yellowtail Snapper Fishery Independent Data in Puerto.

Valle-Esquivel, M. 2005. SEDAR8-AW3 Standardized Catch Rates of Spiny Lobster (Panulirus argus) estimated from the U.S. Virgin Islands Commercial Landings (1974-2003)

Valle-Esquivel, M. 2005. SEDAR8-AW4 Standardized Catch Rates of Spiny Lobster (Panulirus argus) estimated from the U.S. Virgin Islands Commercial Trip Interview Program (1983-2003).

Valle-Esquivel, M. 2005. SEDAR8-AW5 Standardized Catch Rates of Spiny Lobster (Panulirus argus) estimated from the Puerto Rico Commercial Trip Interview Program (1980-2003)

Valle-Esquivel, M. 2005. SEDAR8-AW6 A Review of Assumptions for the Application of a State-Space Age-Structured Production Model to the Spiny Lobster (Panulirus argus) Fishery of the U.S. Caribbean.

S.D. Chormanski, D. Die, and S. Saul. 2005. SEDAR8-RW2 Length frequency analysis of Caribbean spiny lobster (Panulirus argus) sampled by the Puerto Rico commercial Trip Interview Program (1980- 2003)

D. Die. 2005. SEDAR8-RW3 Maturity of spiny lobsters in the US Caribbean.

Die, David and Nowlis, Josh. 2005. SEDAR8-SAR2 Stock assessment report for Caribbean spiny lobster.

Valle-Esquivel, M. Diaz, G 2003. SEDAR4-DW-08 Preliminary Estimation of Reported Landings, Expansion Factors and Expanded Landings for the Commercial Fisheries of the United States Virgin Islands.

Diaz, G. A. ; Valle-Esquivel, M. 2003. SEDAR4-DW-09 Preliminary species composition estimates of TIP samples from commercial landings in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Cass-Calay, S.L.; Valle-Esquivel, M. 2003. SEDAR4-DW-10 Standardized Catch Rates of Silk Snapper, Lutjanus vivanus, from the St. Croix U.S.Virgin Islands Handline Fishery during 1984 – 1997.

Cass-Calay, S.L.; Valle-Esquivel, M. 2003. SEDAR4-DW-11 Standardized Catch Rates of Queen Snapper, Etelis oculatus, from the St. Croix U.S. Virgin Islands Handline Fishery during 1984 – 1997

Diaz, G. A.; Valle-Esquivel, M. 2003. SEDAR4-DW-14 Size frequency distributions of silk snapper and queen snapper from dockside sampling of commercial landings in the U.S. VI.

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