Agriculture and Marine resources minister Michael Pintard

Bahamian Official: Spiny lobster fishery can meet export demand

Agriculture and Marine Resources Minister Michael Pintard yesterday pushed back against suggestions the country’s spiny lobster industry has been totally devastated, telling Eyewitness News the country is still able to satisfy the demand for spiny lobster.

Pintard revealed the government intends to donate small dinghies confiscated from Dominican poachers to impacted fishermen.

“There are a number of persons coming forward who are willing to donate small craft that we can present to fishers, to accompany the craft, the small dinghies, that we confiscated from Dominicans and intend to donate to a number of our fishermen,” he said.

Pintard stated 4.5 million to 4.9 million pounds of spiny lobster or crawfish is landed annually in The Bahamas, and most of it is exported.

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