Of the west Wales coast Velvet Crab is one of the main species, which are caught by the inshore fleet of fishing vessels throughout the year, the catch is of high quality with Velvet Crabs being landed alive.
The fishery is a well regulated by Welsh Government with a strict minimum size to insure the fishery is sustainable for future generations, with a larger minimum size than Europe requires.
All fishing is carried out by low impact sustainable fishing methods, with a natural open ranching mechanism, where Velvet Crabs are caught in baited pots, which brought to the surface to be cleared and rebated, Velvet Crab are measured and all undersize/non target species are returned unharmed to the sea.
Velvet Crab are stored in storage pots and landed daily or weekly as markets demand.
The fishing industry of the west Wales coast is mostly made up of small fishing vessels under 10 metres in length, which have the time they can spend at sea limited by strong tides and Atlantic weather systems which also acts as a natural conservation measure.