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New controls imposed on whelk fishing

Fishermen to require licences

New controls on whelk fishing in Manx waters are on the horizon.

From 17 August, fishermen will need a licence to catch the molluscs between 3 and 12 miles from the shore.

Far eastern markets for the seafood delicacy have expanded recently, and the Island's fishery authorities say stocks need to be protected.  

The new restrictions follow consultation with the sector.

Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture Minister Geoffrey Boot says the controls will protect a high-value industry:

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