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2008-07-01 00:05:00

By Louise Vennells Fishermen are investigating whether they can take the Government to court over the proposed closure of a lucrative fishing ground. The South West Inshore Fishing Association (SWIFA) has recruited a marine lawyer to examine the ban on bottom trawlers in Lyme Bay. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has ordered the closure of a 60 square mile area to protect rare species of coral and other wildlife. But SWIFA maintains that a voluntary agreement...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'