Velvet crab, Scottish Waters, Creel Fishery

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Content last updated
19 June 2018
Stock
Velvet crab in Scottish waters
Management
Marine Scotland Science
Stock Status
5 of 5
Very high risk
Management
5 of 5
Very high risk
Bycatch
2 of 5
Low risk
Habitat
2 of 5
Low risk

Stock status

5 of 5
Very high risk

Velvet crab in Scottish waters, has been scored a very high risk. This is because fishing mortality has been above Fmsy in recent years in most assessment areas, no precautionary limits have been defined and there are no reliable indicators or proxies of abundance in most assessment areas.  

Management

5 of 5
Very high risk

Velvet crab in Scottish waters, has been scored a very high. This is because data is limited in several of the assessment areas required to develop any management measures, and there is no control of fishing effort.  

Bycatch

2 of 5
Low risk

The bycatch risk of this fishery has been scored as low risk. This is because whilst discarding of undersized and unwanted crabs and lobster occurs, these are released alive on hauling and survival rates are high. Catch of protected, endangered and threatened species is minimal.  “Ghost fishing” by lost pots is not considered to be a problem.

Habitat

2 of 5
Low risk

The habitat risk of this fishery has been scored as low risk. This is because although the gear touches the seafloor it is unlikely to have a significant effect on habitats.