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Loch Alsh - - Greenpeace outrage

Goatman

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Shellfish reef 'huge and thriving'


The discovery of a large shellfish reef on the west coast of the UK could be the biggest find of its kind in the world, experts believe.

More than 100 million brightly coloured and rare shellfish have been found in Loch Alsh, a sea inlet between Skye and the Scottish mainland.

The reef of flame shells, or Limaria hians, was found to cover an area of 4.6 square miles (7.5 sq km) during a survey commissioned by Marine Scotland. It is the largest known colony of flame shells in the UK and possibly the world, according to experts.

Scottish Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said: "The seas around Scotland are a hotbed of biodiversity and the clean and cold waters support many fascinating and beautiful species.

"With Scottish waters covering an area around five times bigger than our landmass, it's a huge challenge to try and understand more about our diverse and precious sea life.

"This important discovery may be the largest grouping of flame shells anywhere in the world."

Flame shells have a similar shape to scallops with many neon orange tentacles that appear between the two shells. They group together on the sea bed and their nests create a living reef to support hundreds of other species.

The Loch Alsh survey was carried out by Heriot-Watt University on behalf of Marine Scotland. Dr Dan Harries, from the university's School of Life Sciences, said: "Too often, when we go out to check earlier records of a particular species or habitat we find them damaged, struggling or even gone.
"We are delighted that in this instance we found not just occasional patches but a huge and thriving flame shell community extending right the way along the entrance narrows of Loch Alsh.

"This is a wonderful discovery for all concerned."
I used to go up to Loch Alsh with work from time to time....one of the reasons that a five mile long bank of commercial shellfish hasn't been eradicated there long since by commercial hoovering is that bottom dredging is ...ahem.....discouraged thereabouts....bet the sea bed off Andros Island is similarly full of rare and endangered sea critters going placidly about their business...

Another ironic example for Greenpeace/WWF of the presence of the military having an annoyingly benign effect on the local natural environment - bit like every firing range* around the UK ;-)

( I have a theory that the presence of an enormous minefield in the North Sea for much of the Twentieth century was the only reason the cod and herring population persisted there until fairly recently )

I do hope Serco haven't stopped the boat patrol...bloody Spanish/Russians/Buckie boaters will be in like Flynn....

Of course, when Mister Salmond has his way, the RN will just have to take their much-hated foreign currency to spend in the Bahamas and that notorious tropical hell-hole Cocoa Beach,FLA instead....life is hard....









* apart from that one I can't spell ...best not go there....[shudder]
 
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Hmmm

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I used to go up to Loch Alsh with work from time to time....one of the reasons that a five mile long bank of commercial shellfish hasn't been eradicated there long since by commercial hoovering is that bottom dredging is ...ahem.....discouraged thereabouts....bet the sea bed off Andros Island is similarly full of rare and endangered sea critters going placidly about their business...

Another ironic example for Greenpeace/WWF of the presence of the military having an annoyingly benign effect on the local natural environment - bit like every firing range* around the UK ;-)

( I have a theory that the presence of an enormous minefield in the North Sea for much of the Twentieth century was the only reason the cod and herring population persisted there until fairly recently )

I do hope Serco haven't stopped the boat patrol...bloody Spanish/Russians/Buckie boaters will be in like Flynn....

Of course, when Mister Salmond has his way, the RN will just have to take their much-hated foreign currency to spend in the Bahamas and that notorious tropical hell-hole Cocoa Beach,FLA instead....life is hard....









* apart from that one I can't spell ...best not go there....[shudder]
There's also the not inconsiderable inconvenience of the Port Napier wreck and the bridge doesn't make it any easier. I have bottles of India Pale ale from the wreck sat four feet away from me. Meh...I'd ban dredging unless they can come up with a sustainable plan, it kills the sea bed.
 

Goatman

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I see...bridge hadn't opened when I was last there - but I hear the operators gave up attempting to charge the McRaes for using it ?
 
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There's also the not inconsiderable inconvenience of the Port Napier wreck and the bridge doesn't make it any easier. I have bottles of India Pale ale from the wreck sat four feet away from me. Meh...I'd ban dredging unless they can come up with a sustainable plan, it kills the sea bed.
You lucky bugger! Normally it is a boat dive or a long surface swim from the shore entry point! :-D

So you'll also have beer and whisky from Wallachia..............?
 
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You lucky bugger! Normally it is a boat dive or a long surface swim from the shore entry point! :-D

So you'll also have beer and whisky from Wallachia..............?
We got 70 + bottles off it and my mate got a bottle of port. Drank some and it was good, dontated the rest to Whitbread's and the club got a few barrels in return. They did a special ale at the time. Drank some stout off the Wallachia, my arse was parping like a whoopie cusion for a week and it stank to high heaven, never got any whisky.
 

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