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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what advice he gives to fisheries officers as to the attitude they should adopt when they find examples of undersized fish carried by fishermen in bait which has been purchased in bulk.
Mr. Hugh D. Brown
The Immature Sea Fish Order 1968 prohibits the landing, sale, exposure or offer for sale or possession for the purpose of sale of immature sea fish, subject to a permitted catch taken in certain industrial fisheries provided that this is disposed of in the same manner as the remainder of the catch and is not intended for human consumption. Fishery officers are under instruction to report any infringement of the order for consideration of proceedings.