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Langoustine pasta (linguine) meal
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Stirring up the seafloor

Once thrown away as unwanted bycatch, Norway lobster is now a highly valuable catch — particularly in the UK, where it is now the country’s most-valuable fishery.

But the soft muddy seafloor in which Norway lobster live is particularly sensitive to bottom trawling, one of the most damaging fishing practices.
The issue
The issue


Norway lobster caught using creels (a kind of trap) are currently a good choice, as traditional creel fisheries generally have minimal impact on the marine environment, suffer from much lower rates of bycatch than trawl fisheries, and return unwanted catch back to the sea unharmed.

At the moment there is only one such creel fishery with MSC certification, in Scotland, but other creel and trawler fisheries are investigating the potential for certification.

The Clyde Fisheries Development Project in Scotland is also looking at ways of improving the sustainability of the Norway lobster fishery off Scotland’s west coast.

Other Norway lobster fisheries, in Sweden for example, are using nets with sorting grids, larger mesh sizes, or escape panels to allow juvenile fish to escape and reduce bycatch of non-target species.

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