An application has been made to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Shellfish and Aquaculture “DEFRA” by Wash Mussels Limited to be granted an exclusive right of mussel fishery under section 1 of the Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Act 1967 within five sites in the estuary of the River Stour
Wash Mussels Limited has applied for an order from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to allow them to fish blue mussels.
The company wants to establish if mussels can be sustainably fished in the river.
The plan would see five plots set up along the estuary between Bradfield and Parkeston.
Each plot would range from ten to 34 hectares.
SOS are currently discussing this application and will most likely be lodging an objection.
A copy of our objection can be read HERE