Scottish Government powerless to stop cocklers

From the Galloway Gazette

cockleLocal politicians have called on the Scottish Government to take responsibility for dealing with illegal cocklers along the Solway coast where there has been a marked rise in illegal cockling in recent weeks.

The Scottish Government is responsible for the management of the Solway, following the winding up of the Solway Shellfish and Management Association last year but they claim they are powerless to enforce the ban on cockling in the area introduced last year.

Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown, and Dumfriesshire MSP, Elaine Murray, have written to the Scottish Government to demand that they take action to enforce the ban.

Mr Brown said: “Local people are getting more and more frustrated that they know these gangs are cockle fishing illegally but no one seems able to do anything about it. Everyone accepts there is a serious problem, but the Scottish Government and police are both pointing the finger at each other.

[SSACN] – Once again Marine Scotland shows it is unwilling to deal with a fishing activity – even if it is illegal.

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