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It is prohibited to use any parlour pot unless it is fitted with at least one unobstructed escape gap in the exterior wall of the parlour. Any escape gap must be designed so that a rigid box gauge measuring 84 mm wide 46 mm high 100 mm long may pass easily through the gap. Escape gaps must be fitted such that the longitudinal axis is parallel to the base of the pot, and must be fitted as close to the base as is practical and in all cases within 100 mm of the base.

The hinge or clasp securing the door of any parlour pot must be made of rubber, metal, or a similar natural material that will require replacement annually.

The prescribed minimum size for lobsters is 87 mm. It is prohibited to land, carry, sell, or offer for sale any lobster below the prescribed minimum size.

No person shall remove from the fishery any berried  lobster.

The landing of any mutilated lobster or crawfish, or any lobster or crawfish bearing a V notch is prohibited.

Edible crabs may only be retained and landed whole, however a maximum of 5% by weight of the total catch of edible crabs or parts thereof may consist of detached claws.

It is prohibited to land edible crabs which have not attained a size of 130 mm and which have been caught outside the Eastern Sea Fisheries district. The minimum size for edible crabs caught inside the Eastern Sea Fisheries district is 115 mm.

The minimum size for edible crab in area VIId (South of 51° N) is 140 mm