Isle of Man accused by Scotland over new scallop fishing rules

The Manx government said that, from 8 January, every fishing vessel must report to a Manx port “for possible inspection” of its catch. The new rule comes after concerns about the accuracy of reporting. Scottish Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy Fergus Ewing said the changes “breach a fisheries agreement”.

He added: “We cannot accept such an obviously restrictive measure that would damage our crews carrying out their legitimate fishing activities.” Dumfries and Galloway Council said the stricter rules could “potentially put at risk 300 jobs”.

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