Velvet Crab Closures

Please Note: Due to these unprecedented times, and because the fishery has already been closed for a period of time due to Covid-19, the Board of directors decided not to have a set Velvet Crab closure period during 2020. Fishermen are asked, as always, to stop fishing when the velvet crab is closed in their area to help keep the fishery viable and sustainable in what will be a fragile marketplace.

Velvet Crab Closed Periods 2019 season

To: SSMO Licence Holders

  1. Anyone with a historic track record of fishing on the West of Shetland shall cease fishing for velvet crab from the 17 June 2019 until the 11 August 2019.
  2. Anyone with a historic track record of fishing on the East of Shetland shall cease fishing for velvet crab from the 12 August 2019 until the 6 October 2019.
  3. There shall be a eight week compulsory closure for all vessels.
  4. This is a compulsory measure for all vessels currently or intending to land velvets.

First contact - Carole Laignel, SSMO - 693197or carole@ssmo.shetland.co.uk
Second contact- Una Simpson, SFPO - 693197 or una@shetlandfishermen.com