In February 2004, 23 Chinese cockle-pickers drowned in the bay. Gang boss Lin Liang Ren was last week sentenced to 14 years for unlawful killing .
The Morecambe Bay Joint Liaison Group was formed following the pickers' deaths and council leader Ian Barker has had a number of meetings with environment secretary Margaret Beckett.
'Commercial fishing from boats is strongly regulated but there is little licensing in place to protect people using tractors or quad bikes, said Barker. 'It is absurd.'
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