Isle of Man Queenies could be set to go into UK supermarkets for the first time by the end of the year, providing a boost in profits for Manx fishermen.

Isle of Man fishermen have been approached by seafood processors after their Queenies a smaller, variety of scallop won the Billingsgate School Sustainable Seafood Award 2011 last month. They hope to gain listings in UK supermarkets soon.

Creating greater demand for Queenies in the UK would benefit Manx fishermen because there was greater margin to be made in the UK than abroad, said Andy Read, director of fisheries at the Isle of Man government. "It's a more attractive market it takes out exchange rate problems and logistics costs." Currently more than 90% of Isle of Man Queenies are exported to the Continent.

The Manx government has also applied for MSC certification for its Queenies.

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