Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed actions taken by the Environment Agency Wales, to crack down on illegal cockling activity in the River Dee.
Over the weekend the Agency carried out a major enforcement operation with the police at Thurstaston on the English side of the estuary – stopping licensed cocklers coming off the beds and checking the amount of cockles that they were landing. As a result around 8 tonnes of cockles were seized and a number of offences were detected.
The Agency is also working alongside its partner organisations, including local police, to tackle illegal harvesting by unlicenced fishermen.
David Hanson said:
“I very much welcome the enforcement measures being taken to tackle illegal cockling in the Dee.
“I made representations to the Environment Agency following up on concerns expressed to me by constituents that licencees were exceeding the daily limit and non-licence holders were undertaking illegal cockling activity on the Dee Estuary.
“It is unacceptable that some people are looking to make short term gains by breaking the fishery rule and in doing so putting the longer term sustainability of cockling in the Dee at risk.”