feb 13 2008

Scandinavian lobsters get better protection

Published by at 4:18 pm under Fish and fishing,Lobsters and crabs

Fishing lobsters in Norway. Photo: scanfishphoto

There are already a large set of rules for lobster fishing, both in Sweden and Norway. The last decade scientists have stressed the need for better protection. In Norway even a total ban has been mentioned. A work group has made a report mentioning a package of measures for the Norwegian lobster fishing in 2008.

– Lower the number of pots allowed to use for fishermen (80 pots) and recreational fishermen (10 pots).

– Ban fishing – and selling – lobster with roe (like in Sweden).

– Coordinate the rules. Same rules for the whole coastline.

The first reactions on the report indicate that the lobster season also may be shortened. The Director of Fisheries suggests that fishing lobster should be allowed in October only. A decision in not yet taken, but it is clear that the lobsters in Norwegian waters will get better protection in 2008.

Lobster with roe. Photo: scanfishphoto

Lobster with roe. Photo: scanfishphoto.com

4 responses so far

4 Responses to “Scandinavian lobsters get better protection”

  1. Øyvindon 13 feb 2008 at 9:24 pm

    Great post. I am curious if there is any hidden consequences in shortening the season. Will it provoke forward a different industry?

    Btw thanks for your nice comments on my logo and rss icon. I bought the logo for a few $, its a fun market out there and the kids are creative. :)

  2. moon 13 feb 2008 at 9:45 pm

    As soon as I saw the lobster tail with roe, I was reminded of growing up in Kentucky and catching crawdads (crayfish).
    It was always cool to catch (and release) the ones with eggs.
    For a while I had an aquarium with bluegill and crawdads.

    I agree that the regulations need to be uniform for the entire coast – and while I’m all for conservation 100%, I do also think about the fishermen whose lives are impacted.
    Thanks for sharing this great post!

  3. adminon 13 feb 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Hi Mo and Øyvind. Thanks for commenting! It is always interesting to read your comments Mo, and it gives med a lot of information about fishery and marine life on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.
    Regarding the new rules for lobster fishing I do not believe in a shorter season for the fishermen. They are fishing lobsters for a living. I is better if I and other recreational fishermen get a shorter season. We can afford (and live with) stricter rules in order to try to rebuild the lobster stock along the Norwegian coast. Fishing with a few pots for a couple of days is good enough for me. The lobster shown below was the only one I got in 2006.
    Norwegian lobster

  4. Sea Fishing Tackleon 29 sept 2010 at 7:35 pm

    There are a lot of guys out my way in Cumbria who have lobster and crab pots out. Maybe it’s something I should consider.

    Recreational fishermen in the Uk though are only allowed 6 pots per boat.