Illegal cockle picking is under the spotlight in Dumfries and Galloway.
For the past year it has been illegal to cockle pick anywhere on the Scottish side of the Solway because of over fishing in the past.
Marine Scotland currently regulate the waters but some believe that the police should have more powers to deal with those who flout the ban.
Many people believe that the ban is being widely ignored and illegal cockle pickers are putting their lives in danger and the lives of members of the rescue services.
Now local politicians, residents, the police and Marine Scotland are meeting to discuss how best to control the issue.
Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown said:
Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray has said that despite the ban being brought in to protect stocks, the longer the illegal activity continues the longer it will take the stocks to return to their sustainable levels.