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Fisheries Protection

Volume 931: debated on Wednesday 4 May 1977

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) how many EEC vessels other than British were fishing within 50 miles of the British coast in the week ended 16th April 1977;(2) how many fishing vessels from Norway, USSR, Poland and East Germany were fishing inside Great Britain's 200-mile limit on Tuesday 12th April 1977.

Information from fisheries protection units and other sources indicates that, during the week ending 16th April 1977, there were generally some 160 fishing vessels from other EEC countries inside United Kingdom fishery limits within 50 miles of United Kingdom base lines. Information from the same source indicates that, during that week, there were generally six Norwegian fishing vessels, some 40 Russian, one Polish and one East German fishing vessel within the United Kingdom's 200-mile fishery limits. Not all of the waters within United Kingdom fishery limits are surveyed every day so that an estimate for a particular day could be misleading.