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IoM and Scottish Government discuss king scallop fishing following dispute over catch reporting

King scallop fishing season begins from the start of November until May. Credit: Helen McKenna, ITV

The Isle of Man Government is discussing king scallop fishing regulations with Scotland following Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing's statement to invoke the dispute resolution process.

Chief Minister Howard Quayle MHK met with Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon this morning, as efforts continue to find a mutually acceptable solution to concerns over catch misreporting.

Both agreed the Manx fishery must be protected in the long term because of its economic importance and overfishing must be stopped.

Vessels fishing both inside and outside Manx seas are required to report to an Isle of Man port after catching king scallops.

We continue to have positive dialogue with our Irish Sea neighbours and are confident we can identify effective tools to address this issue that have minimal impact on the majority of the fleet.

– IOM Chief Minister Howard Quayle MHK

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Parents pay tribute to avalanche victim

Tthe parents of a student from Lancashire who was killed in an avalanche in the Scottish highlands have spoken of their pride for the way he lived his life.

24 year old Christopher Bell from Blackburn was an experienced mountaineer and died with three others on Saturday afternoon.

They were swept one thousand feet to their deaths on a a mountain in Glencoe.

Amy Welch reports:

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Fourth avalanche victim named

Dr Rachel Majumdar, 29, has been named as the fourth victim who died in an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands. Credit: Family Handout/PA Wire

The fourth person killed in an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands has been named by police.

Rachel Majumdar, 29, was a doctor working at Harrogate District Hospital in North Yorkshire.

She was originally from Merseyside and was most recently living in Leeds, Northern Constabulary said today.

Fourth avalanche victim from Merseyside

The fourth person killed in an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands has been named as 29-year-old Rachel Majumdar.

She was originally from Merseyside and was most recently living in Leeds, working at Harrogate District Hospital in North Yorkshire as a doctor.

The avalanche struck at about 2pm on Saturday as a group of six friends made their descent on Bidean Nam Bian in Glencoe.

PhD student Christopher Bell, 24, from Lancashire and two others were also swept to their deaths as they made their way down the mountain.

A 24-year-old woman from the Durham area, who was seriously hurt in the incident, remains in a critical condition in hospital in Glasgow.

Tributes for PHD student killed by avalanche

Friends have paid tribute to a 24-year-old climber who was killed in an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands on Saturday.

Phd student Christopher Bell from Lancashire and his two friends Tom Chesters and Una Finnegan were swept 1,000ft to their deaths from a mountain in Glencoe.

  • Consider myself very lucky to have met you in life. You always pushed me to get out on my bike more, and I will forever remember you everytime I head out on my bike. A true inspiration, one of the happiest people I know and a good friend. RIP Chris, keep on riding mate.
  • Dear friend it is hard to put into words how much you are being missed, but your energy and love for life will see us through. An inspiration, a friend and real gentle guy. Can't really manage to say good bye x
  • You are a total star and one of the kindest and nicest people I know. You will be sorely missed by everyone that knew you. My heart and deepest sympathy goes out to your family. I'll miss you :o(

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Lancashire PHD student killed in avalanche

Christopher Bell Credit: Police

Friends have paid tribute to a 24-year-old climber who was killed in an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands on Saturday.

Phd student Christopher Bell from Lancashire and his two friends Tom Chesters and Una Finnegan were swept 1,000ft to their deaths from a mountain in Glencoe.

Another woman, who was part of their group, was also killed. She has not been named as her extended family is still being informed.

Mr Bell was studying for a Phd in ocean mapping in Oban, while 28-year-old Mr Chesters had been living in Leeds and working towards his qualification at Hull University.

Their friend Sam Morris, 35, said he was mortified to hear of the men's deaths and described the two men as exceptionally competent, experienced mountaineers.