In a short video released by BBC Earth, the dramatic effects of scallop dredging and its subsequent ban are brought to light.

In scenes shot in the same area over a 10-year period, what first appeared as a barren wasteland resembling freshly ploughed fields is transformed into an underwater oasis teeming with life and colour.

The footage, which was shot in the Firth of Lorn, Scotland, highlights the plight and effect of commercial dredging operations on our seas. Once the ban was implemented, not only does the underwater life recover relatively quickly, the rehabilitated area also acts as a home to more fish, which in turn brings in more seals, porpoises and sea birds.

While the video highlights the devastating effects of Scallop dredging, it also offers a ray of hope that the marine environment can recover if action is taken.

Check out the BBC video below.

 

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Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life!

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