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Isle of Man Fishing Industry
Fresh caught Isle of Man Scallops

Isle of Man Fishing Industry

The majority of commercial vessels on the island fish for King and Queen scallops. There is also an inshore fleet which fish for brown crab, lobsters and whelks. There is a closed season for King scallops which runs from June 1st to October 31st where it is illegal to fish for King scallops in Manx waters. Queen scallops can be fished all the year round.

Traditional methods are used for the commercial harvesting of scallops around the Island. A dredge consists of a metal rectangular frame to which a bag-shaped net of metal rings is attached. There are gear restrictions in place regarding dredges in order to protect the fishery. Trawling is the most common fishing method for queen scallops by Manx boats and can simply be described as towing a net through the water.