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cockle

1. a dermatitis of sheep consisting of inflammatory nodules, especially on the neck and shoulders. The cause is thought to be parasitic.
2. see agrostemma.
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This latest move follows incidents of illegal sales on Teesside and the Morecambe Bay disaster in 2004, when 21 cockle pickers drowned while commercial cockling.
But Tim Jones, executive director for Operations North and Mid Wales, Natural Resources Wales, said the body took the problem of illegal cockling on the Dee estuary very seriously.
At the car park, off Leasowe Road, a sign on a noticeboard warns people about the dangers of cockling.
Back in April, we revealed how the normally lucrative cockling season failed to yield a bumper harvest last year - with figures showing an estimated PS2.
Tim Jones from Natural Resources Wales said: "Natural Resources Wales manages the cockling industry in the Dee estuary to maintain the delicate balance between the needs of the local economy and the area's wildlife.
But all the experience paid off and he now runs The Seafood Company Wales with Ashley Jones, of established cockling business, Selwyn's.
Since the cockling beds were made a free-for-all, the area has resembled an industrial processing plant.
EVA ZHAO - real name Zhao Xiao Qing - lived the good life off the proceeds of her boyfriend's illegal cockling gangs.
The normally lucrative cockling season off Flint and Greenfield was worth just PS700,000 to the local economy in 2013, compared to PS3m the previous year.
The full details of this situation have yet to emerge, but there are chilling similarities with the cockling tragedy of Morecambe Bay in 2004.
Environment Agency (EA) staff will make inspections through August before informing the 50 people with cockling licences whether they will be allowed to continue picking the tiny shellfish.
The Welsh Assembly Government, having considered the advice of the Countryside Council for Wales, agreed to the proposals which will allow cockling on a limited scale.