Mallaig Harbour Authority flags up dangers of abandoned scallop gear

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Mallaig Harbour Authority hit out last week over discarded scallop lines and lanterns, which were causing problems for local fishermen.

‘Fishing is the reason Mallaig exists, and has become one of the most heavily regulated industries. Fishermen can sometimes get a bad press, but for them as for many others, it’s been a challenging year,’ said the authority.

‘For our local sprat boats, it was made even more so yesterday [last Thursday] when they were put in a dangerous position after their nets became entangled in old scallop lines and lanterns which were an early attempt at farming scallops and had been abandoned 20 years ago.

‘Apart from the risk to the crew and vessels, there’s the huge frustration and financial cost of having to come ashore and disentangle and mend the nets before they could head back out.’

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