Isle of Man to protect scallops

April 24th, 2008

A NEW byelaw has been introduced in the Isle of Man banning all forms of towed fishing gear in Douglas Bay until 2011 to help protect scallop fisheries. This is the second such coastal area in Manx waters to introduce the ruling.

Today, 26,000 two-year-old scallops were placed into the bay by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) who will closely monitor scallop populations in Douglas Bay and elsewhere over the next few years.

It is hoped that this seeding and closure will enable scallops to be left in peace to repopulate the area on a larger level.

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