Pat (89) lands supersize lobster

July 3rd, 2018 10:10 PM

By Emma Connolly

Beara fisherman Pat Murphy with the 3.8kg male lobster that measured 30 inches from claw to tail. (Photo: Niall Duffy/WestCorkPhoto)

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A CASTLETOWNBERE fisherman who will celebrate his 90th birthday this October landed a 30-inch, 30-year-old lobster. 

Pat Murphy, who founded Shellfish de la Mer in 1987, caught the lobster when out fishing with his grandson Dean (26).

Describing it as ‘the biggest one’ he ever saw, the lobster weighed 3.8 kilos. The duo also caught one weighing 3.5 kilos. 

Regulations require BIM to be called once a certain size is exceeded (127mm in length) and both were marked by BIM’s Brenda O’Riordan and released back into the sea to help conserve stocks and build a future for inshore fishermen.

Shellfish de la Mer is a third generation family processing plant, employing around 140 people. 

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