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Crab and lobster fisheries consultation launched

Tue, 27 Oct 2020


The views of people in the fishing industry are being sought on proposed measures to improve the way the Island’s crab and lobster fisheries are managed.

A consultation launched by the Manx Government asks for views on a range of ideas that could affect commercial fishers, seafood processors and recreational potters.

Crab and lobster fishing is allowed all year round in Manx territorial waters and landings of these species in 2018 was worth around £1.7m to the Manx economy.

Existing measures allow British registered and licensed fishing vessels with a specific license to catch shellfish, and an Isle of Man Sea Fishing Licence to fish for both in Manx waters.

Baited pots are anchored to the seabed and soaked for a period of time before being hauled to empty, re-baited and the process repeated.

The six-week consultation seeks views on issues including:

• Fishing capacity that is authorised but not used
• Increasing the minimum landing sizes
• Pots allocation and identification of gear
• Area specific controls to manage stocks
• An option for a long-term, industry supported scientific research programme
• Introducing a sustainable velvet crab fishery
• A scheme to encourage adults to consider a career in fishing
• The cost of recreational licenses

The consultation can be found on the Government’s website until 7 December and paper copies are available from DEFA offices in St John’s.


 

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