New IFCA Tool Will Allow People To Get ‘Up Close’ With Live Shellfish

lobsterScilly’s Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority will have a new promotional tool next season. Islanders and visitors will have the chance to get up close with live lobsters and crabs in their new “touch tank.”

It’s been purchased in partnership with the islands’ AONB team.

Maritime Officer Steve Watt says the one metre squared seawater tank will be taken to the islands’ fetes next year.

They’ll put examples of lobster, spiny crab, brown crab and crayfish in it so the public can see what they look like and the crustacean will have their claws “banded” so they can be handle.

Steve says many people don’t know what live shellfish look like and it’s a chance to talk about the IFCA’s work, particularly why new restrictions on fishing are being implemented.