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New shellfish restrictions imposed

Measures to protect the sustainability of shellfish stock have come into effect.

From last Monday, fishermen without a licence have been restricted to a daily limit on a number of shellfish species. These are: one lobster, 10 nephrops (Norway lobster), five crabs (edible, green, spider and velvet), five scallops (king, queen).

Rural economy secretary Fergus Ewing said: ‘The setting of catch limits will make it possible for the Scottish Government to distinguish between those genuinely pursuing a hobby and those catching sufficient quantities to make it a financially viable exercise. While I recognise and support the public’s right to fish, this right must be balanced with the management of commercial fishing activity and the sustainability and health of the stock.

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