Some of the lobsters seized by the North Eastern IFCA. Photo: North Eastern IFCA.
The North Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority have announced the seizure of illegally caught lobsters.
Fisheries Officers carried out an inspection at a small independent shellfish merchants in Sunderland on Tuesday 08 September. The inspection resulted in the finding of 16 undersized lobsters, 2 V-Notched lobsters, 6 mutilated lobster tails, 2 soft shelled lobsters, and 8 egg bearing lobsters.
The North Eastern IFCA confirmed that all the lobsters found in the inspection were returned to the fishery alive.
The IFCA warned “Removing undersized lobsters, V-notched lobsters & egg bearing lobsters will have damaging effects on the stock of the fishery and will affect the next generation of fishermen.”