GLAA joins forces to check for unlicensed shellfish operators

A multi-agency operation aimed at ensuring the safety of cockle pickers has taken place in South Wales (pictured).

A statement from the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) reveals it conducted the operation at the Three Rivers Estuary in Carmarthenshire on Wednesday morning [23 October], alongside Dyfed-Powys Police, the Welsh Government Marine and Fisheries Division, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Food Standards Agency, Natural Resources Wales, and the Department for Work and Pensions.

Agencies checked the gatherers’ permits and collected intelligence relating to any unlicensed gangmaster activity.

The operation also examined the boats used by the fishermen to check that they were seaworthy.

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