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Fears for island's whelk fishery

Whelk
The whelk industry was fuelled by interest from abroad

Jersey's whelk fishery is on the verge of collapse and may have to close to save stocks of the shellfish.

There has been a dramatic drop in the numbers of whelks caught around Jersey and island fishermen are talking to the French about how to conserve stocks.

Some parts of the fishery around Jersey's coast may close, the Jersey Fishermen's Association said.

There are only a couple of Jersey boats that fish for whelks, but about 100 from France.

Jersey fishermen fear that stocks could be damaged irreversibly.

Commercial whelk fishing took off around Jersey in 1996, fuelled by a growing Asia-Pacific market.

Koreans in particular are said to love the whelk.

It also enjoys a reputation as an aphrodisiac.


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