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… 

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Eight foreign ships flagged under detention in the UK during January 2012

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced today that eight foreign flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during January 2012 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection. Latest monthly figures show that there were three new detentions of foreign flagged ships in UK ports during January 2012 and five vessels remained under detention from previous months. The overall rate of detentions compared with inspections carried out over the last twelve months was 2.32% this is slightly down from Decembers twelve month rate. Read the report on the MCA website…