This evening the department contacted Coastwatch to say that the North West Regional Inshore Fisheries Forum meeting agreed that there will be a temporary voluntary cessation of scallop fishing in Blacksod Bay.
We welcome this step by fishermen.
It is still up to government to lead and provide adequate legislation for our designated Natura 2000 and Ramsar sites. At minimum that must be to close sites to use intensification and new damaging activity without permit or control. If such activities are considered they must be assessed as required under the habitats directive and the assessment results used to refuse or control the activity.