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2. Queenie dredges

Queenies are small scallops that swim up from the seabed when disturbed. They are caught using a small, lightweight dredge that disturbs them and makes them swim into an attached net bag.

Here a dredge has become snagged and lost on the wreck and the catch has died still in the net.

A queenie dredge..
A queenie dredge..

The queenie fishery has largely fallen by the wayside in the last 10 years but a number of dredges still remain caught on the wrecks. The queen scallop has a small, sweet tasting aductor muscle that is very tasty when lightly fried: it is a shame to see the fruits of a harvest lost and the fishing gear becoming a hazardous eyesore.

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