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Fishermen are afraid of livelihoods as thousands of dead shellfish are washed away from the North Sea.UK | News

Since October, countless crabs, red shrimp and octopuses have been found along the 40 miles of the North Sea coastline. Fisherman Robert Harrison said “there are no creatures” within three miles of North Yorkshire’s coast from Teesport to Scarborough.

Filey veterans fear that fishermen who have worked in the ocean for decades could soon go out of business as the Dead Sea floods continue to confuse authorities.

He states: “There are no shellfish, no crabs or red shrimp in the ocean. Everything is dead three miles away.

“There is very little inventory left, it’s a catastrophe.” The phenomenon prompted an investigation.

James Cole, president of the Whitby Fishermen’s Association, believed that the deeper dredging of the Teesside could have unleashed chemicals from the Teesside industry’s past.

However, the Environment Agency has ruled out chemical pollution along with sewage and seismic exploration activities. Scientists are now focusing on hypoxia, a naturally occurring oxygen deficiency in aquatic environments around the world.

Cole warned that some fishermen reported a 95 percent reduction in catch rates.

“This is absolutely huge and devastating for fishermen whose livelihoods depend on shellfish,” said Barry Dies, CEO of the National Federation of Fisheries Organizations.

Sarah Jennings, Operations Manager at the Environment Agency, said: “We screened over 1,000 potential chemical contaminants and found no anomalies.

“Executives also reviewed environmental permits and scrutinized industrial land, but did not find again evidence of anomalous emissions that could lead to events of this magnitude.”



Fishermen are afraid of livelihoods as thousands of dead shellfish are washed away from the North Sea.UK | News

Source Fishermen are afraid of livelihoods as thousands of dead shellfish are washed away from the North Sea.UK | News

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