I would agree with Smokey as these Marine Conservation Zones arent only about Scallop Dreging and Im not sure why Scallopers have been used as the example as there are many other ways of fishing that will be hit at the same time. An MCZ wont be closed to just scallopers it will be closed to everyone, Under 10m, Liners, netters, potters, charter Boats, private boats, kayaks, the lot, and where they come up to the shore that will include, anglers, crabbers and diggers. Under 10m boats have had the doggy do do end of the stick for many years now, and Ive seen many of them Turn on the charter boats when really they should have gone to war with the NFFO who stole all thier quota, sadly thier representatives wernt intelligent enough to understand the larger issues. So whilst the under 10's spent years slagging off the charter fleet, The NFFO and the over 10's dissapeared over the horizon unnoticed with everyone elses fishing rights and quotas. In my eyes I would rather see a port full of sustainable under 10m boats supplying a local market, than a port with transient over 10's catching everything afore them and then moving on to the next area. And when Smokey speaks about NEIFCA and Natural England, listen to him very carefully as he has first hand knowledge of these quangos whoose sole interest is to keep themselves and fellow university bum chums in jobs. Also youll have masses of University students and marine biologists spending government grants to tell us the whole project is wonderfull because they found 10 new wonderfull sponges on the sea bed and a lesser spotted sea horse.