Fish and oil industries told to stay away after new species found

Date: December 29, 2013

Source: Herald Scotland

Author: Rob Edwards

The fishing and oil industries have been warned to keep away from the deep ocean waters north-west of Scotland where scientists have discovered new sea creatures. Environmental groups say the waters around the tiny island of Rockall, far out in the north Atlantic, should be off limits for exploitation so its strange species and features can be investigated.

The Scottish Government announced yesterday that four species new to science had been found in the sea between 80 and 260 miles west of the Hebrides. They include a sea snail named Volutopsius scotiae, two kinds of clam – Thyasira scotiae and Isorropodon mackayi – and a worm, which is yet to be named.


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