In 1965 a regulating order was passed in Parliament to ensure that the
cockle industry in Penclawdd was safe for future generations of gatherers.
This means that only those gatherers with a license are allowed to fish
for cockles in the Burry Estuary. During the years since this date quotas
and licenses have fluctuated with the availability of the cockles ensuring
a fully sustainable source of cockles.
The Burry Inlet is one of the few estuaries left in this country in which
commercial hand gathering using a rake and riddle continues. The biggest
change that the local industry has seen since 1965 is the replacing of
horses and carts with tractors.
Cockles thrive in Penclawdd due to there being very large areas of mud
flats, on both sides of the estuary, rich in feed.
The factory is capable of processing 10 tonne of live shellfish per hour
and is situated in an ideal position at the edge of the estuary. The cockles
are graded into select sizes and processed in the new modern factory within
hours of gathering.