Its period of greatest spawning activity is during May-September, with 70% of the cockles
spent in May and 50% spent in September (Cruz, 1984a).
Officials found that they had illegally gathered 115kg of cockles
Those working in the industry estimate that around pounds 70m worth of cockles
have been lost in the past decade in South Wales.
Mr McCandless warns that cockles
picked by unlicensed gangs could contain e-coli and other bugs.
The North West Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authority (NWIFCA) closed the beds in Southport and Leasowe because there were insufficient adult cockles
Molluscs dredged as surge in population stifles cockles
A DRIVE to boost the number of species in the River Dee estuary and preserve vital cockle
beds is currently underway by Environment Agency Wales.
The mass death of 6,000 tonnes of cockles
at Burry Port has blighted the shellfish industry in West Wales for the second time in recent years.
A GANG of Chinese immigrants face deportation after being arrested for picking cockles
on a Scots beach.
Local people have gathered cockles
on the beach for generations but there have recently been concerns about the arrival of hundreds of pickers, many from outside the area, said Mr Wicks.
As we took his Range Rover over the mud flats of the estuary, he explained: "My family have been hand-picking cockles
in the same way for hundreds of years.
Natural Resources Wales (NRW) says a "very late and unusual spat fall" means around 600 tonnes of cockles
can now be harvested.
A spokesman for 50 cockle
-pickers who lost their jobs spoke out after Natural Resources Wales (NRW) banned the harvesting of cockles
to protect threatened oystercatchers that feed on them.
are versatile and can be used in a number of recipes.
4 THERE are more than 250 di'erent species of cockles
around the world.
Mr McCandless says the prime motive for the permanent ban is protection of cockle
stocks, plus protecting the public from contracting potentially dangerous stomach bugs from cockles