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Shell-out for lobster losses!

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Shell-out for lobster losses! thumbnailPortrush Harbour to benefit from 2.3m construction project. CC09-27s

A BAN on entering productive fishing grounds during construction of a new pier has prompted demands for compensation from Portrush lobstermen.
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council announced it was planning to spend 3.5m repairing Portrush harbour's north wall last May.
Engineers had determined that some of the original 'rock armour' has washed away and that many of the existing boulders are too small.
The project will require hundreds of rocks, each the size of a small car and weighing 13-14 tonnes to be brought in from Scandinavia. The finished wall should be able to withstand storms of a severity expected only once in a 100 years.
But with construction due to begin next month, the council has told fishermen a 100 metre exclusion zone is required.
“In order for us to carry out the work safely, and in the most practical way possible, we will have to install and implement an exclusion zone on the seaward side of the the north pier structure," stated a letter received by the lobstermen last week.
“Within this exclusion zone, no fishing or other activities may occur within the period of March 5 - October 31, 2018."
*Read the full story in this week's Chronicle

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