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Damaged Gear, West Mersea

Volume 466: debated on Thursday 7 July 1949

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asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware of the continuing damage done to the equipment of fishermen at West Mersea by underwater obstructions and war debris; and what steps he proposes to take in the matter.

While some damage to nets and gear has been caused by obstructions in the West Mersea area, no recent case has been reported. It is not practicable to clear the fishing grounds of all debris but when an obstruction which is a continuing danger to fishing is located, the salvage authorities of the appropriate Service Department remove it as soon as possible.