Dreadful Dredging

Dear Editor,

How sad we were, on a recent visit to Milton Harbour on Tiree, to see an Orkney-registered scallop dredging boat tied up to the pier.

We do hope this supremely destructive form of fishing hasn’t been taken up by sensible folk like the Tiree fishermen and divers whom we’ve met over many years of visits.

Hand-dived scallops are all that anyone who cares about the sea and its creatures should eat. Ploughing up the seabed for them is – according to Professor Callum Roberts – like cutting down a forest to catch a parrot.

 

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