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England | Boat operator hit with heavy fine for dredging scallops in Lyme Bay MPA

A MAN has been landed with a court bill for more than £5,000 over damaging fishing activities in a protected marine area off the west Dorset coast.

In a case heard at Weymouth Magistrates Court, the vessel Cristal Waters FY34 was found to have used scallop dredges within the Lyme Bay Marine Protected Area, contrary to the Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA) Bottom Towed Fishing Gear Bylaw 2016.

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