FLAG PROJECTS

Holderness Coast Escape Gaps

MMO Ref: HOL0005

Project Name: Holderness Coast Escape Gaps

Organisation: North Eastern Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authority

Stock assessment work by the NEIFCA suggests that up to 85% of individuals captured in pots off the Holderness Coast are discarded. This leads to discard mortality, inter and intra species in-pot mortality, limb loss and can impact growth rates. The introduction of escape gaps will imporve survival rates of juveniles, contribute to species spawning stock biomass and may lead to an increase in landings of MLS lobsters. NEFICA intend to provide escape gaps to commercial operators for free to encourage their use in the district.