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The European Commission has adopted on 17 August a key investment package for the Lithuanian fisheries and aquaculture sectors. Covering the period 2014-2020, the operational programme (OP) under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) is worth almost 82 million, including 63 million of EU investments. Investments will be targeted at enhancing the competitiveness, sustainability and viability of Lithuanian fisheries and aquaculture businesses.
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The European Commission has adopted investment packages for the maritime, fisheries and aquaculture sectors of Denmark (267.6m, including 208.4 m of EU funds), Estonia (129.6m, including 101m of EU funds), Germany (284.6 m, including 219.6 m of EU funds) and Sweden (172.9m, including 120.2 of EU funds). The investment is available for the period 2014-2020.

Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus)

Norway lobster © Scandinavian Fishing Year Book
Norway lobster is found throughout the Atlantic waters of the EU, from the Azores to the North Sea. It is not commonly found in the Mediterranean, though it is fished in the Adriatic.

It lives on muddy sea beds in burrows at depths that range from a few metres down to 500 m or more. Norway lobster can live up to 12 years in the case of males, 30 in the case of females, and can reach more than 25 cm in length (measured by the carapace), though most adults are typically between 10 and 20 cm long. They reach sexual maturity at between two and three years of age.

Commercially important stocks of Norway lobster in EU waters include those in

  • The Irish Sea
  • The North Sea
  • Bay of Biscay, and
  • Atlantic-Iberian coast

The most common method of catching Norway lobster is by trawling. Since they are protected from trawling while in their burrows, they are generally caught when they emerge to feed, which usually happens twice a day, often at dawn and dusk. They are commonly taken in mixed fisheries, and the southern stock is closely associated with the fishery for southern hake.

Long-term plans

The long-term plan for Southern hake also covers Norway lobster.