More illegal cocklers target Dee Estuary

Environment Agency Wales is warning that illegal cockling on the Dee Estuary is on the rise, as the 2011 Dee Cockle Fishery annual report is released. Licensed cocklers on the Dee may be celebrating one of their most successful years on the fishery, but the Agency reports that the number of prosecutions against illegal cocklers has soared. This last year alone, the Agency has brought about 12 prosecutions of illegal cockling and suspended 15 licences. As a result of enforcement operations undertaken by the Agency, it is estimated that approximately 20 tonnes of illegal cockles were seized. Read more on the Environmental Agency website…