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.
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.