Cockle picking resumes

Cockle picking Credit: PA

Cockle fishing will return to the Ribble estuary for the second time this year. The beds were meant to re-open on Monday but the weather was too hazardous.

The beds were closed in November following close to 30 rescues. Fylde Council says there will be strict conditions to ensure the safety.

Strict new rules include:Licences that cost £500 each

Cocklers must operate from the Seafield Road slipway in Lytham

All cockles must be sold at sea and landed only at Preston dock

Fishing to be four days per week only, Monday to Thursday in daylight hours

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Cockling resumes in Ribble

Cockling will begin in the Ribble Estuary today for the first time in almost a year. The beds will only be open for a two week period. They were closed last November after 26 coastguard rescues over a two month period.