Fishing Methods

Irish langoustines are caught over a range of depths, from shallow coastal waters to around 800m on the continental shelf.

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Irish vessels meet stringent standards of quality, consistency and traceability and many participate in a voluntary Seafood Environmental Management System in order to ensure the future viability of this valuable resource. 

Commercial fishing for Irish langoustines started in earnest in the southwest of Ireland in the 1970s. Today, over 100 vessels catch Irish langoustines. These vessels land into the following fishing ports: Howth, Co. Dublin, Ros a Mhíl, Co. Galway, Clogherhead, Co. Louth, Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford and Castletownbere, Co. Cork.



Vessels targeting Irish langoustine predominantly use otter board single-rig and twin-rig trawls in the Irish Sea, Celtic Seas and on distinctive grounds such as the 'Smalls' and Aran grounds off the west coast of Ireland.

A number of coastal vessels use pots to catch live langoustine, mainly for the restaurant trade. These live langoustine have to be individually banded or placed in special containers to keep them separate.