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Marine Nature Reserve Event

Crab

An event being held will allow the public to explore the unique marine life of Ramsey in the Isle of Man through science and art. An under water world will be created showcasing Ramsey bay – currently the Island’s only marine nature reserve and one… read more »

Whelk fishing controls

Whelk

New controls for the fishing of whelks in Isle of Man waters will come into effect from mid August this year. The new controls will assist in ensuring that the Whelk fishery remains sustainable and the species are protected. At present the controls are only… read more »

Manx fishermen trial data system

Queen Scallops

The Isle of Man’s fishing industry is taking part in a trial for a new data management system. The Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture’s fisheries (DEFA) are testing a new fisheries data management system before it is adopted by fishery authorities throughout the UK… read more »

King and Queen Scallop board appointed

A new board is being set up to advise the Isle of Man government over the sustainable management of its King and Queen scallop fisheries. Currently the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture (DEFA) manages both the king and queen scallop fisheries to ensure their… read more »

Unesco Biosphere status for Isle of Man

Unesco Isle of Man

The Isle of Man has been recognised as one of the best places in the world to live, work and explore nature. This high profile accolade has been given by the well know and highly respected world heritage body Unesco which has granted the the entire… read more »

Marine conservation zones in force

Marine conservation zones will be in force from 1 November 2016. A number of measures are being introduced to combat over-fishing off the Isle of Man’s coast. Five new three-mile ‘conservation zones’ – where the commercial fishing of King Scallops will be prohibited – are being… read more »

Queen Scallop consultation

The Isle of Man is once again taking part in a consultation regarding the queen scallop fishery in waters around the British Isles. Marine Scotland will be leading the research, which will take into account several fisheries around Northern Ireland, the west of Scotland and… read more »

Isle of Man King Scallop sustainability

The Isle of Man is to cut the amount of king scallop fishing licences by almost 50% amid concerns about sustainability. The Isle of Man’s Fishery department (DEFA) said the number of vessels authorised to fish in Isle of Man waters will fall from 156 to… read more »

Five new conservation zones

Five new conservation zones are to be established around the Island’s coastline, to protect important marine species and wildlife. Commercial fishing will be banned in the zones, between the shore and three miles out to sea. The Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture  (DEFA) says… read more »

SALSA standard approved

For the third year running Island Shellfish has been given SALSA approval. For anyone not familiar with SALSA, it is a food-safety standard written by experienced food safety experts to reflect both the legal requirements of producers and the enhanced expectations of ‘best practice’ of… read more »