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, he said: "It's good to see scientists doing research that will benefit the fishing industry and counteract the negative press and misinformation that the scallop industry has experienced."

Professor Michel Kaiser, School of Ocean Sciences at Bangor University & Seafish board member, said: "This research is vitally important for the industry and will provide better information on scallop stocks and their associated habitats in the English Channel.

"This data will be used to inform MSC accreditation and to enable better decisions to be made about the future of the stock."

During the trip, the team will sample scallop fishing grounds as far east as Hastings and west to Falmouth Bay and north Cornwall. The work involves them gathering scientific data on king scallops, combined with a comprehensive habitat survey using underwater video footage and sampling of all associated species.

Claire said: "The project demonstrates how direct industry involvement with science can be vital, to not only improve our knowledge of the stocks but to also inform management decisions towards a sustainable scallop fishery.

"I want to say thanks to everyone who has helped carry out this research so far including Professor Michel Kaiser as well as the support I had from the UK Scallop Association, the vessel owners, skippers, Seafish and Morrisons."

Mark Greet, MD at FalFish, one of a group of Scallop Industry co-sponsors of Claire's PhD scientific work, said: "We are very pleased to support the invaluable work that Claire and the team have been doing. Work like this will help increase knowledge in scallop fisheries, which will be extremely positive for the industry going forward."

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