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Outer Hebrides Inshore Fisheries Group - Consultation on new Management Measures on Crabs and Lobster Landings into the Outer Hebrides

Outer Hebrides Inshore Fisheries Group - Consultation on new Management Measures on Crabs and Lobster Landings into the Outer Hebrides

Friday, July 4, 2014

ISBN: 9781784126476

A consultation on management proposals for lobster, velvet crab and brown crabs landed into the Outer Hebrides. The management measures were developed by the Outer Hebrides Inshore Fisheries Group.

Executive Summary

This consultation seeks views on:

• Increasing the MLS (minimum landing size) for brown crab (Cancer pagurus) landed into the Outer Hebrides from 140 mm to 150 mm carapace width

• Increasing the MLS of velvet crab (Necora puber) landed into the Outer Hebrides from 65 mm to 70 mm carapace width

• Increasing the MLS of lobsters (Homarus gammarus) landed into the Outer Hebrides from 87 mm to 88 mm carapace length for one year and then 90 mm thereafter

• Decreasing the maximum landing size of female lobsters (Homarus gammarus) landed into the Outer Hebrides from 155 mm to 145 mm carapace length

• Prohibiting the landing of female lobsters (Homarus gammarus) missing claws – so called ‘crippled lobsters’

• Whether there should be carriage restriction around the Outer Hebrides to support these new arrangements

These proposals were developed and proposed by the Outer Hebrides Inshore Fisheries Group and are intended to help improve the sustainability of these fisheries through the regulation of harvesting controls.