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DEFA Minister & Marine Biologist respond to MCS queen scallop report

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Geoffrey Boot and David Beard react to 'red-listing' of Queenies

Last week, the Marine Conservation Society added Queen Scallops to its list of 'Fish to Avoid'.

The Chief Executive of the Manx Fish Producers Organisation, Dr David Beard, says the red-listing of Manx Queenies is unfair, as in comparison to UK-caught scallops we have a well-managed stock.

Dr Beard, who is a marine biologist, says a peak in population a few years back makes current stock levels seem lower than they are:

Minister of Environment, Food & Agriculture, Geoffrey Boot, also responded, calling the report 'disappointing':

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