Marlborough Sounds scallop closure divides industry

1468298513499A ban of scallop fishing in the Marlborough Sounds, and parts of Tasman Bay, three days before the start of the season, has split the industry, with commercial groups looking at legal options to challenge the ruling. Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy announced on Tuesday a total ban on all scalloping by commercial and recreational fishers in the southern scallop fishery area (SCA7). The ban included all of the Marlborough Sounds, and the north eastern part of Tasman Bay, between Okuri Point and Peppin Island, from Friday until February 14 next year. Marlborough Recreational Fishers Association president Peter Watson said the closure was in the best interests of the fishery. Challenger Scallop Enhancement Company Ltd chief executive John Reid said the ban was not supported by commercial scallopers. Read the rest here 09:54 Ban aims to save Marlborough Sounds scallops Read the rest here  10:02

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