DAERA has given notice of a new minimum landing size for Brown Crab in Northern Ireland
Fishing vessels owners and skippers have been advised that the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has given notice regarding the change in minimum landing size for Brown crab in Northern Ireland.
DAERA have advised that as of 22 August 2020 the minimum landing size for Brown Crab will be increased from 130mm to 140mm. It is hoped that the change in landing sizes will help develop long term sustainability for crab stocks and also encourage the growth of the crab export business from Northern Ireland.
Fishing boats in Northern Ireland landed 1,467 tonnes of brown brab in 2019 according to the Fisheries Administration in the UK. The total value of the brown crab landed was £2.75 million.
In response to the news Sea Source NI said:
“This may not seem like much, but it is an important first step to ensure and reinforce a sustainable fishery for Brown Crab, which is one of our most valuable fisheries, in Northern Ireland waters.
“Local fishermen have been advocating this step for a long time and it was one of the first measures to be approved by Edwin Poots MLA upon his appointment as Northern Ireland’s Fisheries Minister in January this year.
“We look forward to working with the Department to ensure this measure is successfully applied in local fisheries.”
Changes in the minimum landing size of brwon crab happened after a consultation which took place in May 2019 between DAERA and the Northern Irish fishing industry.