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lobsterandGraph A license is required to fish for lobsters in Scotland and entitles fishermen to make unlimited landings. Daily landing restrictions apply to vessels not holding such a licence. A minimum landing size of 87 mm carapace length applies and a maximum landing size of 156 mm for female lobsters is also enforced.

In Scotland it is also illegal to land lobsters which have been v-notched in the tail. In addition to national legislation, the Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Act 1967 provides for the management of certain shellfish stocks (including lobsters) at the local level within Regulating Orders. At present Shetland is the only area with a Regulating Order covering lobster fishing. New regional inshore management groups are being established in Scotland which will be able to recommend measures tailored to local areas.

Landings information is gathered by the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency. In the last 30 years or so, landings have fluctuated without obvious trend and remain highest in areas such as the South east and Hebrides which traditionally been important.