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In the light of this clear endorsement, the Government have decided that legislation should be laid to increase from 1 January 2000 the minimum landing sizes of lobster, edible crab, and male spider crab landed into the UK from British registered fishing vessels.
From the same day the landing of any lobster or crawfish which has been V-notched would also be prohibited. In Northern Ireland, the current Great Britain landing size of 65mm carapace width for velvet crab will be introduced there at the same time.
The landing size for whelks will be 45mm. This recognises concerns expressed in the consultation exercise that in some parts of the country 45mm was the largest size of whelk found and a larger size was impracticable.
|Minimum landing sizes from 1 January 2000||Minimum EU requirement||UK size|
|(87mm from 1/1/2002)|
|North Sea south of 56°N|
|(except the "Cromer" fishery)|
|to the Essex/Kent border|
|The "Cromer" fishery|
|(the coasts of Lincolnshire,|
|Norfolk and Suffolk)|
|Scottish west coast and North Sea north of 56°N (including the whole of the Firth of Forth)||140mm||140mm|
|North of 55°N on the west coast of Scotland (but including Loch Ryan)||130mm||140mm|
|South of 56°N on the west coast except ICES areas VIId, e and f||130mm||130mm|
|Off Devon, Cornwall and the Scilly Isles within ICES VIIe and f||140mm||males--160mm females--140mm|
|The Bristol Channel and the remainder of the English Channel||140mm||140mm|
|Velvet crabs||none set||65mm|
|Spider crabs||120mm||males--130mm females--120mm|
Lord Donoughue: Agreement was reached last week on two new EC directives which impose stringent limits on the levels of pesticides in infant formulae and baby foods. These measures will enhance existing controls and provide even greater protection for the health of this vulnerable group of the population.
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