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Views sought on King Scallop plans

Public consultation created & drop-in sessions in store

Major changes to the future of the Island's king scallop industry could be in store.

Those behind them want your opinion.

The Isle of Man Scallop Management Board, along with the Department of Environment, Food, and Agriculture, has released a public consultation on the changes they have in store.

If backed, the changes would mean a big move from the management framework currently in place to one that takes account of ‘bioeconomics’.

The changes aim to ensure sustainability and conservation of the king scallop stock and economic sustainability for businesses.

People who work in the industry or have an interest in it are encouraged to share their views on proposals which include:

·         Long Term Objectives
·         Co-management
·         Effort management and regulating fleet capacity
·         Technical measures
·         Industry-led research funding

People will also be able to ask questions at a series of drop-in sessions at the Peel Hub, on the Isle of Man Food Park, which will be held during the consultation period.

Details of the dates and times of these sessions will be promoted in the coming weeks.

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