Launch of lobster conservation study – Fishupdate.com

Launch of lobster conservation study Published:  11 October, 2006

A CONSERVATION study is to be launched this year, which will investigate the long-term viability of lobster stocks.

A key fishery study is about to be launched off the Humber Estuary and Yorkshire Coast, which could have a significant impact on the future activities of the region’s 60-strong shellfish trawler fleet.

It is being carried out under the auspices of the North Eastern Sea Fisheries Committee and involves a detailed investigation into the long-term viability of lobster stocks.

The conservation study will get under way early next year, when over 12,000 tagged ‘V’ notched lobsters are released: a comprehensive, biological assessment of inshore and offshore lobster stocks and populations will then be undertaken.

The objective is to make an appraisal of the management options for the stock. A full time assistant will be appointed for 18 months to manage the fieldwork and data analysis associated with the project, which is funded by Scottish and Southern Energy, the new Langaled North Sea gas pipeline, Defra and the European Fisheries Fund.

Further information can be obtained from Dave McCandless, North Eastern Sea Fisheries Committee, on 01482 393 690.

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