WATCH: Calls for tighter regulations on scallop dredging after footage captures floorbed destruction
CALLS are being made for stricter regulation of the scallop dredging industry after footage was captured of a protected seabed near Oban which has been illegally dredged.
Video evidence of a “suspicious” vessel operating in the Firth of Lorn Special Area of Conservation (SAC) was shown at a meeting of concerned parties including divers, creel fishermen and environmentalists on Wednesday night.
The suspected dredger was seen moving back and forth over the same area near the Garvellachs uninhabited islands, with navigational lights switched off.
Tour boat operator David Ainsley, who investigated the boat said: “There was a stack of full bags at the back of the boat – presumably the catch, and dredges hanging over the sides of the boat.”
In the days that followed late last month, Mr Ainsley and Steph Cooper, a local scallop diver, inspected the area of seabed.