The controls, which were developed by the local fishing industry and implemented by the Scottish Government, will help to protect the future of crab and lobster catches off the west coast of Scotland.
Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “Shellfish are very important to the local economy of the Outer Hebrides, with local fishermen landing on average £2.7 million of crab and lobster each year.
“The management measures coming into force will help in securing the long-term sustainability of these stocks.
“This Order is a great example of what can be accomplished when local fishing interests and government work together, and demonstrates how Scottish fishermen are leading the way in Europe with their commitment to sustainable practices.”
It’s a real shame the mobile sector in the Clyde didn’t and still haven’t managed to fathom such a simple solution to ensuring the future of fin fish stocks in the Clyde before they effectively destroyed them and continue to do their best to ensure they never recover.
As one of their officials was once heard to say along the following lines – ‘We do not want white fish back in the Clyde, they eat our nephrops’.
Real abuse of a public resource for the benefit of very few.