A History of the Pearl Oyster Fishery in the Archipielago de las Perlas, Panama

MacKenzie, Jr. , Clyde L. (1999) A History of the Pearl Oyster Fishery in the Archipielago de las Perlas, Panama. Marine Fisheries Review, 61(2), pp. 58-65.

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Abstract

The pearl oyster, Pinctada margaritifera mazatlanica, was once found around the Archipielago de las Perlas in Panama in abundance and it supported a substantial fishery by hard hat divers. The products were pearls, shells used for making buttons, and meats used locally for food. After the mid 1920’s, the fishery declined due to overfishing, and by the 1940’s it was nearly gone. The oysters began to repopulate the grounds during the 1970’s, but the oysters remain relatively scarce. Fishing has since resumed on a small scale by skin divers using face masks.

Item Type: Article
Title: A History of the Pearl Oyster Fishery in the Archipielago de las Perlas, Panama
Personal Creator/Author:
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MacKenzie, Jr. , Clyde L.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Fisheries Review
Volume: 61
Number: 2
Page Range: pp. 58-65
Date: 1999
ISSN: 0090-1830
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Biology
Ecology
Fisheries
Item ID: 9794
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2012 20:11
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2012 20:11
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/9794

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