December 7, 2006

I found this interesting snipet while looking for other things on Wikipedia and don’t want to lose  it  hence the usefullness of a blog.

It is about Ormers, a kind of Abalone, which is a kind of shellfish, in the Channel Islands :

Ormers (Haliotis tuberculata) are considered a delicacy in the Channel Islands and are pursued with great alacrity by the locals. Unfortunately, this has led to a dramatic depletion in numbers since the latter half of the 19th century, and ‘ormering’ is now strictly regulated in order to preserve stocks. The gathering of ormers is now restricted to a number of ‘ormering tides’, from the January 1 to April 30, which occur on the full or new moon and two days following. No ormers may be taken from the beach that are under 8 cm in shell length. Gatherers are not allowed to wear wetsuits or even put their heads underwater. Any breach of these laws is a criminal offence and can lead to a heavy fine. The demand for ormers is such that they led to the world’s first underwater arrest, when Mr Kempthorne-Leigh of Guernsey was arrested by a police officer in full diving gear when illegally diving for ormers.

I am certain there is a health and safety challenge awaiting the law that bans wet suits…


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