Shellfish: Dredging

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Mark Menzies Mark Menzies Conservative, Fylde

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the environmental effect of dredging cockle beds.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

DEFRA has made no assessment of the environmental impact of cockle dredging. Cockle fisheries in England occur in the inshore area (predominantly between zero to six nautical miles), and as such their management is the responsibility of the inshore fisheries and conservation authorities, who have a duty to ensure fisheries are managed in such a way that they do not adversely impact on the marine environment.

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