Saving the lobsters

The goal

To stop the overfishing of the Caribbean Spiny Lobster.

To present a sustainable Lobster fishing method that can be endorsed and put into action by the local community of lobster fishermen. We want to encourage protection of our waters from International fishing and keep our BVI full of Spiny Lobster for generations to come!

About the project

The Caribbean Spiny Lobster is at risk of being overfished, thereby tipping our delicate eco-system out of balance. With Richard we’ve partnered with Dr. Pickering, the Minister of Natural Resources and Labour and Deputy Premier of the BVI and the Conservation & Fisheries Department of the BVI Government to pitch a sustainable fishing practice called V-notching. 

V-notching involves making a V-shaped notch in the flipper tail of egg-bearing females and returning them to the sea. The V-notch acts as a signal to other fishermen to return the female lobsters to the ocean so that she can continue to produce hundreds of thousands of eggs for at least 3-4 years during breeding seasons. This approach has been incontrovertibly successful off the coast of seafood-loving Maine in the USA – it has completely resuscitated the lobster population.

Richard and Dr. Pickering co-pitched V-Notching to two different communities of lobster fishermen in the BVI – on the islands of Anegada and Virgin Gorda – and the majority of fishermen decided to voluntarily implement the practice. Richard has committed to donating the necessary tools to every lobster fisherman in the BVI who is willing to engage.

Find out more

If you’re a fisherman or interested in finding out more, please get in touch via our Contact Us form!