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sean

Sustainable lobster fishing

Really interesting article about the Maine fishery on the Beeb's website. here.
Ronnie

Fabulous story - thanks for sharing.
crofter

Happening here too:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jun/15/scotland-shellfish-land-eco-label

http://nafc.ac.uk/WebData/Files/fdn22_vnotch.pdf
Quote:
A lobster conservation programme was set up in 2001 in
Shetland, with funding from the Shetland Islands Council
and the Shetland Fishermen’s Association. Following
this in 2005/06, funding from Shetland Shellfish
Management Organisation (SSMO), the NAFC Marine
Centre, and Shetland Enterprise has enabled a second
v-notching scheme to run.


Seems maximum landing sizes may be more important for conservation than minimum landing sizes?
Nicky Colour it green

how sustainable is it to import lobster?


imho south Devon crab is much nicer, I'd choice crab over lobster any day and pot caught = sustainable. and very very tasty..
sean

I don't think anyone was suggesting importing it were they? It's an interesting article about managing a fishery.
Tavascarow

& down here as well.
In answer to Crofter.
crofter



pot caught = sustainable.


Depends how many pots...

& down here as well.
In answer to Crofter.


Makes sense. Local management and control seems to be working here.
Nicky Colour it green



pot caught = sustainable.

Depends how many pots...

& down here as well.
In answer to Crofter.

Makes sense. Local management and control seems to be working here.

not over fished - the MCS recognise crab pot fishing in south Devon as sustainable, due to the inshore potting agreement - a voluntary reserve set up in South Devon. locally managed as you say.
Ronnie

There are several hatchery schemes, and they've got really tough on minimum landing sizes.

Unless things have changed recently, there are no maximum landing sizes or controls over lobster pot design here in the UK. And the fishery is really pretty knackered.
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