The size of crabs and lobsters being caught by fishermen are being increased to conserve
New conservation measures for shellfish have been announced by Fisheries Secretary,
Following a consultation, the Scottish Government will introduce landing controls
intended to improve the sustainability and management of Scotland’s crab and lobster
The minimum landing sizes for crab and lobster will be increased for brown crab,
velvet crab, and west coast lobsters.
Additionally, the maximum landing size of female lobster will be decreased to 145
mm while there will be a ban on catching egg bearing velvet crabs.
The new measures are expected to come into force later in the year.
Fergus Ewing said: “Scottish crab and lobster are an important part of the rural
economy, fished by almost 1,400 creel vessels around the coast. Landings were worth
£26.8 million to the economy in 2015, helping to support many remote communities.
“These new measures are a forward step in achieving the vision set out in our Inshore
Fisheries Strategy and will contribute to developing a more sustainable, profitable
and well-managed inshore fisheries sector in Scotland.”