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The setting of Total Allowable Catch for NAFO fish stocks will take centre stage at the 36th Annual Meeting to be held in Vigo, Galicia from 22-26 September 2014.
Since 14 September 2014, eight shark and ray species have received extra protection from unsustainable trade. They have been listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and now have to be accompanied by export or import permits issued by EU countries when they enter or leave the EU market.
On 26 September, the European Commission organises a seminar where scientists and experts will discuss the state of European fish stocks and the economics of fishing fleets around the EU.

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.

Conservation status

Most Norway lobster stocks units seem to be stable although some are experiencing decline.

Long-term plans

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