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Falmouth Packet 

31st March 2010

"Call for council to cultivate oyster beds

By David Barnicoat

SOME oyster fishermen in Falmouth area have called for Cornwall Council to maintain or cultivate oyster beds to help stocks.

The fishermen, who work in Mylor Creek and on the River Fal, said the clearing of weeds from beds was needed during summer months when the season was over.

They say weeds on beds prevent juvenile oysters – or spats – growing.

Cornwall Council said that although the county council last carried out work on the beds in 2006, cultivation was down to the fisherman.

Skipper fisherman Frank Vinnicombe, one of three full-time fishermen in the area who works during the winter oyster season, said: “We need a lot more summer cultivation.”