Highlands & Islands

Highland Council may lease out Tain mussel fishery

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Councillors are to consider the future running of a mussel fishery that dates back to the early 17th Century.

Mussel fishing rights in the Dornoch Firth were first granted to Tain in Easter Ross by King James VI in 1612.

In the 1980s, Ross and Cromarty District Council took over the fishery and this responsibility later past to Highland Council.

In recent years it has not been making money, but council officers have advised against abandoning the fishery.

It is among the assets of the Tain Common Good and includes the fishing rights, a boat and fishing licence.

In a report to councillors, officials have recommended leasing the rights to a third party operator and selling the boat and equipment.

Highland Council's Ross and Cromarty committee will consider the plan at a meeting next week.

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