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Crabs and Lobsters (Minimum Size) Order (Northern Ireland) 2000

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2.—(1) In this Order—

the Act” means the Fisheries Act (Northern Ireland) 1966;

“lobster” means lobster of the species Homarus gammarus.

(2) For the purposes of this Order, the size of:—

(a)lobsters, shall be measured as shown in the illustration of a lobster set out in Schedule 1 as the length of the carapace, parallel to the midline from the back of either eye socket to the distal edge of the carapace;

(b)spider crabs shall be measured as shown in the illustration of a spider crab set out in Schedule 1 as the length of the carapace measured along the midline, from the edge of the carapace, between the rostrums to the posterior edge of the carapace; and

(c)velvet crabs, shall be measured as shown in the illustration of a velvet crab set out in Schedule 1 as the width of the carapace measured across the broadest part, excluding spines, of the back.

“spider crab” means crab of the species Maia squinado;

“velvet crab” means crab of the species Necora puber.

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