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Solway Cockle fishery re-opened

November 7th, 2007 · No Comments

The Solway Shellfish Management Association (SSMA) Board has reopened the Solway Firth cockle fishery to licence holders.

The results of rigorous stock assessments and research commissioned by the SSMA has set a quota of 500 tonnes to be shared among 100 hand gathering licences, 6 vessel licences and 1 tractor licence over the 7 week season.

It is the remit of the SSMA to ensure that the fishery is properly managed and monitored and is truly sustainable - environmentally, economically and socially.

Unlicensed fishermen have been warned to stay away from the Firth as over-fishing in the 1990s practically emptied the Solway of the shellfish.

How aggressively that will be policed is another question as several unlicensed fishermen had to be rescued by the coastguard last year. !!

Cockling had been completely banned on the Solway for four years to allow the cockle beds to recover before the licensing system was introduced last year.

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