Havana.- The Cuban fishing industry is planning to increase captures of lobsters – also called as the Queen of the Caribbean and a major export item on the Island.
According to experts, lobsters contribute 70 percent of the sector’s revenues, thus the importance of its capture and processing.
The lobster season is scheduled to begin in June, and the fishing sector plans to increase exports by 7 percent this year.
Short-term plans include increasing exports of ultra-frozen lobsters (-140 degrees Celsius), whose production began in 2003 and which are highly priced in the international market.
Cuba can freeze up to six tons of lobsters using nitrogen this year. The procedure allows preserving the smell, flavor and texture of the crustacean.
In addition, processing conditions will be improved after the installation of new production lines, cold stores and ice plants.