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Crustaceans, Devon

Volume 172: debated on Thursday 17 May 1990

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what steps he is taking to protect the crustacean stocks off the south Devon coast.

Crab and lobster stocks are already subject to minimum landing size regulations. The Undersized Crabs (Variation) Order 1989 prescribes a minimum size of 160 mm for male, and 140 mm for female crabs landed in south Devon, and Council regulation (EEC) No. 3094/86 prescribes a minimum carapace length of 85 mm for lobsters landed throughout our waters.