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Further work is needed to determine the impact of trawling on populations, especially those which might be affected by high fishing pressure. If there is evidence that populations are being severely impacted further measures may need to be introduced (if not already in place) to limit the size and/or timing of catches. These include: license limitation; vessel restrictions; seasonal closures or periods of no fishing and minumum size limits. Although Chan and Yu (1991) reported no change in size distribution in harvested populations.
Metanephrops japonicus is a species of lobster found in Japanese waters, and a gourmet food in Japanese cuisine. It occurs from Chōshi, Chiba Prefecture (Honshu) to the east coast of Kyushu, where it lives at depths of 200–440 metres (660–1,440 ft). Adults grow to a total length of 9–12 centimetres (3.5–4.7 in), and a carapace length of 3–7 cm (1.2–2.8 in).
- M. Butler, T. Y. Chan, A. Cockcroft, A. MacDiarmid & R. Wahle (2011). "Metanephrops japonicus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved January 1, 2012.
- Lipke B. Holthuis (1991). "Metanephrops japonicus". Marine Lobsters of the World. FAO Fisheries Synopsis No. 125. Food and Agriculture Organization. p. 74. ISBN 92-5-103027-8.
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