Certifier : 
q.inspecta GmbH
Certified status : 
Certified since : 
14 Jul 2016
Certificate expires : 
13 Jan 2022


This baited trap fishery targets the crystal crab (Chaceon albus), and its MSC assessment is scheduled to be complete in February 2016. 

The fishery is closely managed and has a total allowable harvest of 140 tonnes per year. There is a cap on the number of licenses and vessels allowed, and licenses are subject to quota limits. The fishing gear used is also regulated, and spatial closures at inshore depths of less than 150 metres are in force.

Berried female crabs are protected; as are all crabs below legal size limits. Restrictions are in place to protect bycatch, prohibiting or limiting the retention of rock lobster, finfish, scampi and white-tailed bug.