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Title: The Maharees spider crab Maja squinado fishery in 2000
Authors: Fahy, E.
Keywords: Maharees spider crab Maja squinado
Issue Date: 2001
Publisher: Marine Institute
Citation: Fahy, E., “The Maharees spider crab Maja squinado fishery in 2000”, Irish Fisheries Investigations No. 9, Marine Institute 2001
Series/Report no.: Irish Fisheries Investigations;9
Abstract: A pot fishery directed on spider crab (Maja squinado) grew out of a mixed tangle net and pot fishery for large crustaceans in the early 1980s. Approximately twenty half decked vessels of 10m in length have been involved for the duration of the fishery but the numbers of pots per vessel has increased; currently 10,000 pots are set for spider crab in Tralee and Brandon Bays during the summer months. Cpue rose initially during the early years of the fishery, then it stabilised and declined although in the late 1990s it again recovered somewhat. Sampling in 2000 suggests that the size composition of the catch has altered since the early years of the fishery, its main consequence being the removal of the older age groups so that the landings now consist almost entirely of a single year class. Aspects of the biology of the Maja squinado are compared with what is already known of the species and a number of recommendations are made for the future management of the fishery. These include a further increase in the size limit, a ban on tangle nets and a cap on fishing effort.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10793/803
ISSN: 1649-0037
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