Ban on scal­lop dredgers in loch

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

Scal­lop dredgers have been banned from a High­land loch af­ter an en­dan­gered reef was dam­aged.

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has des­ig­nated flame shell beds in Loch Car­ron, Wester Ross, as a Marine Pro­tected Area.

An ur­gent Marine Con­ser­va­tion Or­der has been put in place ban­ning mo­bile gear fish­eries, such as dredgers, from the the area, ini­tially for one year.

Fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into claims the beds had been dam­aged by scal­lop dredg­ing, an in­quiry found the dam­age to the reef was con­sis­tent with this type of fish­ing which was le­gal there be­fore the ban.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion also found it is pos­si­ble for the dam­aged beds to re­cover.

Flame shells, which are bi­valve mol­luscs, build nests from shells, stones and other ma­te­ri­als, and live com­pletely hidden in­side them on the seabed.

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