New limits on crab and lobster fishing
NEW regulations have come into force which limit the numbers of crabs and lobsters people can fish for or remove from the sea.
Under the legislation, recreational fishing for crab and lobsters can only take place from May 1 to September 30, with a maximum of five pots being used and with a daily allowance of five crabs and one lobster. People are not allowed to store crabs and lobsters at sea or sell or offer for sale any of their catches.
The new regulations were introduced to protect the licensed fishing industry.
'Fishing for lobster and crab is especially popular in the summer months. Members of the public can continue to enjoy their own catch as the regulations provide a daily allowance that is sufficient for personal consumption,' said Susan Steele, Chair of the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority.
She said that working in conjunction with the Naval Service, seasonal inshore patrols will cover all inshore coastal areas including small local piers and harbours to detect and deter illegal fishing and illegal operators.
Previously there was no limit on the number of pots recreational or private fishers could fish or the times of the year when lobster or crab fishing could take place.