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This fishery operates along the south-central coast of Chile. Nine vessels use demersal trawls to harvest two species of squat lobster.     

Squat lobsters are not true lobsters and are more closely related to porcelain and hermit crabs. In the USA, the biggest export market, squat lobster meat is commonly referred to as langostino.  

Squat lobsters have been fished in the region at least as far back as the 1960s. Stocks of the red or carrot squat lobster (Pleuroncodes monodon) declined in the 1980s and fishing activity was banned for several years. Recent assessments have found significant recovery.