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No more licenses for Dee cocklers


Alan Winstone from Environment Agency Wales said that licenses for cockling on the Dee have only been granted to fishermen who have demonstrated that they have worked in the area before.

Responding to criticism that licenses had been granted to those living away from the Dee area Mr Winstone explained that there was no legal way to discriminate in favour of local fishermen.

Fishermen in the Dee area have also blamed a lack of cockle-licenses for the high number of cockle death this year. However Environment Agency Wales maintains that high cockle-death on the Dee has been caused by an 'unusual barnacle infestation' and that no additional licenses over the 50 already issues would be granted.


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