BIM are carrying out a consultation on the Technical Conservation Measures (TCM) currently in place for the crawfish fishery.
We invite submissions from interested parties by 15th of July 2011 on:
- the Technical Conservation Measures currently in force;
- alternative or additional measures that could be introduced while still affording the crawfish stock at least the same level of protection as provided by the current measures;
- the by-catch issues that need to be addressed and
- measures that could reduce by-catch.
Terms of Reference
We will address the following issues:
- the negative and declining state of the crawfish stock;
- undesirable by-catch of non-target and possibly protected species from the use of nets by some fishermen in fishing for crawfish;
- the apparent market preference for smaller crawfish;
- and the range of technical conservation measures for crawfish used internationally;
- provide at least the equivalent or a higher level of protection to the reproductive potential of the stock, as provided by the present measures;
- ensure a high level of compliance within available resources.
Read the Terms of Reference – Review of Crawfish Technical Conservation Measures (pdf 21Kb)
Make a submission
- Post to: Crawfish Consultation, BIM, Crofton Rd., Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- In person: Give your submission to your local Inshore or Area Officer.
Current technical conservation measures for crawfish:
1. The minimum landing size of 110mm
Statuory Instruments: Crawfish (Conservation of Stocks) Regulations 2006 S.I. No. 232 of 2006
2. The prohibition on the use of nets to fish for crawfish in certain specified locations off the coasts of Kerry and Galway
Statuory Instruments: Crawfish (Fisheries Management and Conservation) Regulations 2006 S.I. No. 233 of 2006