Crews of fishermen poised for lobster haul

Don't miss

Yucatán back to orange, but no new dry law or restrictions

More coronavirus vaccines arrive Thursday in Mérida via military aircraft. Photo: Courtesy Yucatán...

Rescuers come to the aid of flood victims in Progreso

Yucatán's state government has set up temporary shelters for dozens of families whose homes have flooded after several days of intense rain.

A Mexican conservative party’s social media was hacked. Now its timelines are all about rainbow flags.

Unusual posts from a party well known for being very socially right-wing and running on “family values” issues.
Yucatán Magazine
Yucatán Magazine
Sign up for the Yucatán Roundup, a free newsletter, which delivers the week's top headlines every Monday.

Spiny lobster.
Spiny lobster (Palinurus elephas) Photo: DEA / C. GALASSO/De Agostini/Getty Images

It’s open season on the Gulf’s lobster population starting tomorrow, Friday, July 1.

The harvest of spiny lobster (Panulirus argus) is closely monitored by officials to ensure the sustainability of the valuable export.

Yucatán is the first of the country’s fishing regions allowed to go after lobster. This provides employment and income to about 1,200 fishermen working in 315 small craft and 28 larger vessels. The federal government counts 18 fishing communities in this region whose main activity is the capture of the crustacean.

In 2015, Yucatán hauled in just over 585.5 tons of lobsters, with a value of 69.4 million pesos. Most, about 85 percent, are enjoyed along the Caribbean coast and 15 percent is exported to the European Union, mainly France. The year before, fewer lobsters were caught, about 500 tons, but they were valued at 70 million pesos.

INAPESCA, through its Regional Center for Fisheries Research in Yucalpetén, rules that the minimum catch size is 135 millimeters in length along the abdomen; pregnant female lobsters must be returned to the Gulf waters.

Fishing season ends on Feb. 28, 2017.


Confused, jealous wife stabs husband after seeing her younger self in old photos

A woman who apparently didn't recognize herself in an old photo stabbed her husband when she suspected an affair. Photo: Contributed

55 years ago an aircraft mysteriously crashed in Yucatán. Now a team of adventurers seeks answers

It is uncertain if the adventurers will be able to make it to the crash site, but claim that the expedition is as much about the journey as the destination.

Its port quiet for over a year, Progreso will welcome Carnival Breeze in July

Progreso will be a rare port of call for Carnival in July.

New Xcaret theme park to open in Yucatán by December

Xibalba park will feature a circuit of eight cenotes connected by an artificial flowing river.