Isle of Man lead on scallop closure

scallopThe Isle of man queen scallop fishery will close on January 31 until the start of the new season on June 1.

This will help to ensure its sustainability according to Billy Caley, Director of Isle of Man Seafoods and a member of the Isle of Man Scallop Processors’ Association who welcomed the move, announced by Environment, Food and Agriculture Minister Phil Gawne MHK and recommended by the Queenie Management Board, that the fishery be closed

‘It will make a big difference to protect the fishery, for which we have MCS (Marine Conservation Society) accreditation.

‘If we let these boats just carry on we would lose that accreditation.

‘At any cost we can’t afford to do that.’

and added: ‘All this is trying to do is keep a sustainable fishery for the future.’

Mr Gawne explained that the move was taken because a significant number of queenie fishermen had been ‘extremely concerned’ about certain queenie beds within the territorial sea.

As a result, the board – made up of queenie fishermen and processors from both the Isle of Man and the UK – had already agreed to a voluntary closure of the majority of queenie beds, and a maximum of any two 14-hour days in the fishery on one specified fishing ground to the south of the island.

Mr Caley said the impact of the closure would mainly be on dredgers from Scotland, England and Wales, with only one boat from the island being affected.

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