Fisherman’s Association Wants Limit On Lobster Pots

The islands Fisherman’s Association looks likely to push for tighter regulation on what can be caught here and how it is caught.

There are 30 registered fishing boats in the 6 mile limits of our islands’ waters and most use newer, more efficient two chamber pots instead of the traditional inkwell pots and the average fisherman has 250 pots, which are checked every other day.

This has increased the size of the catch over the years.

Maritime Officer, Steve Watt says there is concern that there could be over exploitation of lobsters and the Fisherman’s Association AGM has suggested discussions on a pot limitation by-law.

However, there’s a warning that any limit on the number of pots used by professional fisherman would need expensive, seaborne enforcement and limiting lobster catch may force up the cost to consumers.