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Last Updated: Sunday, 7 May 2006, 00:39 GMT 01:39 UK
Scots boost for island scallops
Scallop stocks were given a boost as an extra 50,000 were flown to Jersey from Scotland to place in island waters.

It is the second time seed scallops have been placed along the coast to help re-stock supplies.

The young scallops are about the size of a thumb nail and along with whelks are the fourth most valuable shellfish for the Jersey fishing fleet.

Stocks are limited and no-one can dive for them without a permit, which limits the amount that can be picked.

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A licence is also needed to sell the scallops.

The move is part of a scheme being supported by the States Fisheries and Marine Resources in an effort to boost the shellfish population.

To get the scallops to the island they have to be packed up in iced fish boxes for the flight then transferred immediately into sea water so they can readjust, before being let into Jersey waters.

The scallop spawns when it is about three-years-old and it is hoped they will reproduce at least once before reaching the average size and being picked.

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