Smaller queenie catches for 2017

Those fishing for queen scallops in the Island's waters will be restricted to smaller catches this year.

The Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture has set the catch limit at 992 tonnes for the 2017 season - 248 tonnes smaller than last year.

The Department insists stocks of queenies must be protected as they or worth millions to the Manx economy.

Those with licences to fish for queen scallops will have to return their catch daily so levels can be monitored, while fishing will be prohibited at the weekend.

DEFA also warns it will be rigorously enforcing regulations, with anyone found breaking the rules likely to face a hefty fine.