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DAFM has launched a public consultation on the future management of the endangered crayfish fishery in the southwest of Ireland

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has opened a public consultation on the future management of the crayfish fishery off the southwest coast of Ireland.

The proposal for the Management Plan was put forward late last year by the Marine Institute.

The proposed management plan represents this very significant change in how the fishery would operate in the future. This includes

  • closure of the fishery entirely for three years, from 2021 to 2023
  • prohibiting the use of large mesh nets in the area permanently
  • reopening the fishery as a trap fishery in 2024
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In a Prior Information Notice (PIN) it said the reason behind the management plan is due to the poor state of crayfish stocks. Research carried out between 2017 and 2020, and previously in 2007 and from a review of the fishery in 2011, showed evidence that there was a need for a management plan to be developed.

In their notice the DAFM said:

A public consultation is now underway in respect of the future management of the crayfish fishery to protect critically endangered species. The purpose of this consultation is to seek the views of those with an interest in the future of the crayfish fishery off the southwest coast of Ireland.

The information received during the consultation will inform policy decisions on the future management of this fishery. In particular, the consultation is being carried out to support the development of sustainable conservation measures for the crayfish fishery inside 12nm between Mizen Head and Loop Head. The objective is to identify measures targeted at eliminating the by-catch of endangered species in this crayfish fishery and securing a viable and sustainable future for the fishery itself.

If you wish to respond to this consultation you are invited to complete a submission online here .

Alternatively, the document can be downloaded here and the Consultation Submission Document can be returned:

Crayfish Consultation

Marine Programmes Division

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

National Seafood Centre

Clonakilty, Co. Cork P85 TX47

Enquiries concerning this consultation to inshore@agriculture.gov.ie

The closing date for responses is close of business on Thursday, 16 September 2021.

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