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The Opposition get’s nasty! Scallop fishing restart criticised by TV’s Iolo Williams

scallopCommercial fishing ended in Cardigan Bay, Ceredigion, five years ago when it became a special area of conservation. The Welsh government has approved limited fishing in specific areas using a “flexible permit scheme”.  But TV presenter Williams said it “opens the door for ploughing the sea bed on an industrial scale”. In a post on his facebook page, he wrote: “This does not support local, sustainable fisheries. “I’m dismayed but not surprised that this bunch of worthless parasites has, once again, supported the destruction of an internationally important wildlife site.” “I am appalled that the Welsh government, who are supposed to have sustainability at the heart of all their work, can contemplate opening up a protected area to such a destructive fishing method,” he added. The decision came after a two-year study found limited fishing in certain areas would have no adverse impact on the area. On Tuesday, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) group revealed its “disbelief and disappointment” at the approval because of Cardigan Bay’s “habitat for bottlenose dolphins and porpoise”. OMG! Read the story here 16:56

New guidelines for scallop fishing in protected Cardigan Bay could be drawn up after world’s largest study

New guidelines for sustainable scallop fishing in a protected area of the West Wales coast could be drawn up thanks to the world’s largest ever fishing impact study. Scientists from Bangor University, working together with the Welsh Fishermen’s Association, Welsh Government and Natural Resources Wales have published their findings from the study, funded in part by the European Fishery Fund. Researchers spent 18 months preparing for the major fishing experiment in which 12 different sites were fished at different intensities by commercial boats. Read the rest here 09:20