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  • Regional large pelagics fisheries

The species in this group are believed to be distributed entirely or at least mostly within the LAPE area. These include wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri), a number of mackerel species (Scomberomorus sp.) as well as dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus).
These fisheries are targetted with trolling gear and small-scale longlining. Dolphinfish is targetted in association with the flyingfish gillnet fishery, particularly in Barbados. Wahoo, king mackerel and dolphinfish are all popular species for sport charter fishing as well.


  • Small pelagics fisheries

These include flyingfish (Hirundichthys affinus and others) and numerous coastal small pelagics such as scads and herring. Many of these species are used as bait in large pelagic fisheries as well as food fish for local consumption.
Flyingfish are generally fished with gillnets set at the surface beneath floating material such as palm fronds to attract the fish. The other small pelagic species are fished with seines, traditionally set from and hauled onto a beach. Recent practice has included setting the seine off the beach and encircling the catch completely. Fish can be held alive this way for live bait sales.


  • Cetacean fisheries

Whales, dolphins and porpoises have long been fished in the Lesser Antilles. The cetacean fisheries today are all artisanal, taking mostly small dolphins (Tursiops truncatus, Delphinus delphis and Stenella sp.) and ‘blackfish’ which are mostly pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) but may also include dwarf/pygmy sperm whales (Kogia sp.) and members of the killer whale group (Feresa sp., Pseudorca sp.). The one large whale fishery still operating in the region targets humpback whales (Megaptera novaeanglie) from Bequia in Stl Vincent and the Grenadines. This fishery operates under a quota for artisanal fisheries from the International Whaling Commission.

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