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Study could mean scallop fishing resumes in Cardigan Bay

Credit: ITV Wales

Scientists at Bangor University, working with the Welsh Fishermen's Association Natural Resources Wales and the Welsh Government, have published their findings from what they say is the world's biggest ever fishing impact study.

They chose twelve sites in Cardigan Bay where scallop fishing was halted in 2009.

The sites were fished at different intensities and compared to four areas which were left unfished. The results suggest the area can sustain a certain level of fishing.

The study could open the door for fishing to resume once a sustainable level is decided.

Rare sighting of dolphins caught on camera off Pembrokeshire coast

The footage show just how close Charlie got the marine mammals. Credit: Charlie Thomas

A rare sighting of a 300-strong pod of dolphins have been caught on camera off the Pembrokeshire coast.

The rare sighting was captured by 15-year-old Charlie Thomas from Llangloffan, Pembrokeshire.

Charlie and his father Ron encountered up to 300 Common Dolphins, a rare sight indeed whilst on a fishing trip in Abercastle.

The footage show just how close Charlie and his dad got the marine mammals.

A similar sighting was witnessed by visitors and staff in the water off Skomer Island on Monday.

A Basking Shark also put in an appearance in Cardigan Bay, New Quay yesterday.

We just couldn’t believe what we were seeing. We thought we were dreaming, it was such an incredible experience and one that I’ll never ever forget.

– Charlie Thomas

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Seal soaks up the sun in the sea off St Davids

The bull seal has been spotted basking in the sun on the RNLI's crew boat. Credit: Venture Jet (www.venturejet.co.uk)

A bull seal has been taking advantage of an RNLI boat to make the most of the sunshine in St Davids.

The boarding boat is usually used to ferry crew to and from St Davids Lifeboat Station's Tamar class vessel which is being kept on a mooring until the new lifeboat station opens next year. But it seems the local seal has other ideas.

Usually he is in the mood that when you get within about 20m he will slide off and swim away, but sometimes he can be feeling a bit more assertive and we have to work around him a little bit. But he always moves on pretty quickly.

He’s not a new face around here – he has been around for four or five years – and he is not the first seal to make themselves known either. But recently the RNLI boarding boat has been his favourite.

– Dai John, St Davids RNLI Coxswain

The bull seal, which is between seven and eight feet long, is well-known to the RNLI charity's volunteer crew and local boat owners. He's also been spotted on the lifeboat's mooring buoy lying just beside a 'Keep Off' sign.

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