DEFA seeks feedback on whelk restrictions

The Island's fishing authority is seeking feedback on plans to protest whelk stocks in Manx waters.

The Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture is considering introducing whelk-specific fishing licences and limiting the number of pots that can be used by vessels.

There are already restrictions on catching whelks from the shore to three miles out, but few protections exist in the rest of the Island's territorial waters.

DEFA says whelks are one of five major species caught in Manx waters and must be managed to protect the industry long term.

Full details of the consultation can be found on the Government's website, while responses can be sent to the Department by email or post by May 15th.