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Title: Studies on Dublin Bay Prawns (Nephrops norvegicus) in the Irish Sea
Authors: Hillis, J P
Keywords: Leaflet
Issue Date: 1971
Publisher: Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (Fisheries Division)
Citation: Hillis, J. P., "Studies on Dublin Bay Prawns (Nephrops norvegicus) in the Irish Sea", Irish Fisheries Leaflet, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (Fisheries Division) 1971
Series/Report no.: Irish Fisheries Leaflet;22
Abstract: The fishery for Dublin Bay prawns (Nephrops norvegicus) is carried on in a number of areas around the coast of Ireland, but the bulk of the catch comes from the Irish Sea north of Dublin, where the greatest landings, excluding County Down, are at Skerries, It is of recent origin, having been negligible prior to 1955, since when it had risen with some fluctuations to nearly 18,000 cwt in Counties Dublin and Louth in 1968. In research on prawns, there is no known means of ageing the animals, which makes estimates of their mortality and growth rate difficult. Sampling is complicated by the fact that they make burrows in the sea bed, into which they retreat when conditions are not suitable, thus sometimes giving small catches on grounds where the population may be large. This activity is governed by light conditions and the strength of bottom currents. In addition, females carrying external eggs disappear from the catch soon after becoming buried, due to either burrowing or emigration - most research workers believe the former to be the case. Work carried out in 1968 included:- (i) a survey of the commercial catch to find the size of prawns marketed and of those discarded at sea in order to compare their sizes with those taken in former years and (ii) with the aid of the research vessel, Cú na Mara, a comparison of the numbers, average size and sex-ratio of prawns from different depths and at different times of day. The aim of this research programme is to ascertain the facts governing the reproduction, growth rates and economic yield of this important stock of prawns.
ISSN: 0332-1789
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