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Proposal for conservation measures for Brown Crab

Notice of Consultation

Proposal to Increase the MnCRS for Brown Crab to 140mm

A public consultation is now underway in respect of a proposal to increase the minimum conservation reference size (MnCRS) for brown crab (Cancer pagurus).  The purpose of the consultation is to seek the views of those with an interest in the Irish brown crab fishery regarding an industry-led proposal to increase the MnCRS for brown crab from 130mm to 140mm.  The information received during the consultation will inform policy decisions on the proposed measure and will assist in evaluating possible impacts it could have. 

If you wish to respond to this consultation, you are invited to download and complete the Consultation Submission Document, available at the link below:

Please submit the completed document using one of the following methods:

  • by email to: (with the subject line “Brown Crab”)
  • by post to:      

    Brown Crab Consultation
    Marine Programmes Division
    Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
    National Seafood Centre
    Co. Cork  
    P85 TX47

You can also complete and submit the document online at the following webpage:

Please note this public consultation closed on 09 February 2018.


All submissions are subject to the Freedom of Information Acts and/or the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations and may also be published on the Department’s website (excluding contact details).  If any of the detail you are providing is sensitive on the basis that it is personal, confidential, or commercially confidential, please identify it within your submission and give clear reasons why you think it should not be released.  The Department will, where possible, consult with you about any information which you have identified as sensitive information before making a decision in response to a request for release under the Freedom of Information Acts. 

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