6 mile limit for scallop dredgers


A group of static fishermen are seeking a meeting with the government to try to get scallop dredging banned off the East Yorkshire coast as they say that Scottish and the Isle of Man boats coming to the area are causing damage to their fishing gear.

Unlike Scotland, in English waters, scallop dredging is normally not allowed closer than three nautical miles to the shore.

Because of the actions of the mobile scallop fishermen dredgers, the North East Inshore Fishery and Conservation Authority (NEIFCA) has introduced an emergency by-law which extends the ban on scallop dredging to within six miles of land.

The NEIFCA has a record of forward thinking, they introduced the tope byelaw banning landings of tope a year before Defra followed suite, and much further ahead of Scotland.

Mike Cohen, chief executive of the Holderness Coast Fishing Industry Group which represents local fishermen, said: “The activities of scallop dredging are very damaging to the seabed and the local fishery is dependent on crabs and lobsters, which are associated with particular kinds of seabed habitat.

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