The Caribbean Spiny Lobster (Panulirus argus) is the most important commercial palinurid in American waters. It is fished practically throughout its range. The catches of this species reported in the FAO Yearbook of Fisheries Statistics amounted to 32,854 metric tons in 1987 and 33,903 metric tons in 1988, with most of the catch taken by Cuba, Brazil, Bahamas, the U.S.A, and Honduras. The species is mostly caught with traps, but is also taken by hand, speared, and trawled. It is marketed fresh; the tails are exported frozen or canned. (Holthuis 1991)
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