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Last Updated: Saturday, 15 October 2005, 16:25 GMT 17:25 UK
Crab fishing ban comes to an end
Spider crab
The spider crab is more vulnerable when it sheds it shell
Spider crab fishing in the waters around Jersey has become legal again.

Since the end of August it has been illegal for fishermen to harvest the crabs and to store them in containers on land.

The closed season officially ended at midnight on 15 October. The ban lasts for six weeks and gives the crabs an opportunity to grow.

The ban is introduced every year to protect the creatures after they have cast off their shells.

The ban is enforced by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries in conjunction with the French government.

The creatures can have a span of 25 centimetres (10 inches) and a weight of 4.5 kilograms.

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