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Krill

Volume 932: debated on Thursday 19 May 1977

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what potential he assigns to krill as a source of food supply for the United Kingdom.

I see little prospect that krill could in the near future represent a significant source of food supply for the United Kingdom. Apart from practical difficulties arising from the distant location of the stocks, there are technical problems relating to processing and utilisation of the product in this country. Moreover, there are unresolved questions, some of which are to be studied by the International Whaling Commission, concerning the ecological effects of any substantial increase in the taking of krill by man. My Department is keeping in close touch with the study of these problems.