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Overall, assessments for the period 2006-2008 show that most velvet crab stocks in Scotland are being fished close to or above FMAX, which is above optimum effort level to achieve the maximum yield-per-recruit. In some assessment areas, a higher yield and biomass-per-recruit in the long term could potentially be obtained by reducing the level of fishing mortality (effort).
Age determination is generally not possible for animals which moult and application of agestructured assessment methods to crustacean stocks is problematic. Length Cohort Analysis (LCA) is the method used for assessing brown crab stocks. It uses official landings and length frequency data collected as part of the Marine Scotland Science market sampling programme. LCA results are calculated in terms of yield-per-recruit and biomass-per-recruit relative to changes in fishing mortality. This provides a framework for evaluation of management measures.
Assuming a direct relationship between fishing mortality and effort, generally lower levels of fishing effort will result in an increase in stock size and a reduction in landings. A higher level of fishing effort will reduce total stock biomass but landings may also fall, as animals are caught before they have had time to grow to a size that would contribute much weight to the yield (growth overfishing). In between these lies FMAX, the fishing mortality rate that maximises yield-per-recruit. The changes that the LCA predicts are long-term (equilibrium). The method does not provide any indication of shortterm stock dynamics or recruitment over-fishing. Assessments are performed on a regional basis for males and females separately.
The velvet crab fishery is not subject to EU TAC regulations or national quotas. In Scotland, vessels landing velvet crab are required to have a licence with a shellfish entitlement. Vessels without this entitlement are only allowed to land limited amounts (25 crabs per day). The main regulatory mechanism is a minimum landing size of 65 mm CW in all areas except Shetland (70 mm CW, under the Shetland Regulating Order)