South America Seed Mussel Fishery Closure
An inspection was carried out on 24th August 2021. The condition of the mussel and the substrate it is on has changed which is expected due to the weather, time of year and that the mussel has been fished. The mussel has reduced in density and the layer of sediment protecting the underlying substrate has thinned with areas of exposed stony sediment. The substrate present is sand and there is very little mud present. The mussel present is hard in and currently stable. Due to the fishery no longer being HRA compliant the fishery is closed with immediate effect.
- The AUTHORISATION TO FISH UNDERSIZED MUSSEL FROM SOUTH AMERICA 2021 has been revoked.
- All NWIFCA Dredge Permit holders will be notified that the flexible permit conditions allowing dredging at South America has been revoked.
The bed will continued to be monitored and should the situation change further updates will be provided.
For further information please contact the office.