VIDEO: Rush for mussels as beds open for fishing

Fishermen descended on Morecambe for the opening of mussel beds for the first time this year.

Quad bikes, heavy machinery and vehicles could be seen at The Battery at Sandylands today, Tuesday, ready to collect the seed mussels and transport them for rebedding elsewhere.

Mussel pickers at Sandylands on Tuesday.

Mussel pickers at Sandylands on Tuesday.

Representatives from the North West Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authority, HM Coastguard and Lancaster City Council were on hand to oversee the operation.

John Bradbury, HM Coastguard station officer at Morecambe, said: “We knew that the beds were opening and we are here purely from a safety point of view.”

A spokesperson for the IFCA said: “The NW IFCA manages the fisheries in the north west and we permit the gatherers to allow them to fish in regulated beds.

“We make sure people do have permits.”

Sharon Wilson, promenade and outdoor facilities manager, said: “It’s the first time since last year that the beds have been open.

“It all depends on the size of the mussels and the structure of the beds.

“We monitor the musseling on a daily basis.

“This is a mixed use slipway so we are here for the safety of the public.”