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ROSS AND CROMARTY PROFITS FROM ANCIENT MUSSEL FISHERMAN'S CHARTER

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Ross and Cromarty DC is reporting a handsome profit form mussel fishing, courtesy of a charter granted by King Jame...
Ross and Cromarty DC is reporting a handsome profit form mussel fishing, courtesy of a charter granted by King James VI, the Herald reports (p7).

According to figures released yesterday the district is set to generate £400,000 in the current financial year from operating the ancient mussel fishery in the Dornoch Firth, bringing its turnover in the past two years to almost £1 million.

Last year's profits amounted to £270,000 with a similar amount expected this year, a significant amount to a council with a budget of £10m.

A charter granted by the King in 1612 grants all mussel scalps within sight of the lands of the town of Tain to the town's common good fund, latterly administered by the relevant council.

In the late 1980s Ross and Cromarty realised this resource was underused and took over management of the fishery, since when with aggressive marketing it has emerged as the UK's largest mussel producer.
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