Cockle pickers unloading after picking at Foulnaze bank between Lytham and Southport.
The Up to 400 cocklers a day have been gathering at Foulnaze bank between Lytham and Southport since the cockle beds were opened on 1 September. The ministry has ordered the closure of the beds after numerous rescues of unlicensed fishermen. The beds are due to be opened in the spring.
The pictures show the last few cockles to be harvested by private fishermen. All the fishermen in the pictures have permits
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Agripix Ltd/John Eveson