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1. What is a berried lobster or crawfish
A lobster or crawfish which is carrying eggs attached to its tail or some other exterior part,or which was carrying eggs at the time when it was caught.
2. What has changed
From 1 October 2017 UK registered vessels must not fish for berried lobsters (Homarus gammarus) or crawfish (Palinurus elephas and Palinurus mauritanicus) from within English waters.
UK registered vessels must not land berried lobsters or crawfish into an English port regardless of where caught.
Any berried lobsters or crawfish which are brought on board a vessel within English waters should be returned to the sea immediately.
3. Existing rules
Current rules prohibiting the landing or retention of any lobster or crawfish with a ‘V’ notch in the tail or which is mutilated to obscure a ‘V’ notch remain in force.
There is no change to the Minimum Conservation Reference Sizes for lobster or crawfish in English waters
4. Where do the changes apply
The changes apply in English waters and ports.
5. Who do the changes apply to
These changes only apply to UK registered fishing vessels.
If you fish within the 6 nautical mile limit in English waters, or waters controlled by Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales there may be additional measures established by the relevant authorities. Please check with Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authority (IFCAs), Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), Marine Scotland (MS) or the Welsh Government (WG) as appropriate.
6. Landing obligation (discard ban)
The landing obligation does not currently apply to lobsters and crawfish and therefore any that are undersize or that are retained in excess of catch limits must be discarded and returned to the sea.
Dispensations may be available for scientific research or other purposes (such as harvesting eggs for a hatchery).
8. Non-native lobsters
The rules on berried lobsters do not apply to non-native species such as Canadian lobsters (Homarus americanus), and if any are captured they must be retained (regardless of size) and reported to the nearest MMO office.