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Distant Water Fishing

Volume 958: debated on Tuesday 14 November 1978

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what plans he has for assisting the fishing industry to exploit the fishing grounds now available to the distant water fleet.

My right hon. Friend is examining what steps may be necessary in order to deal with all the structural changes in the industry consequent upon changes in fishing opportunities.

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what talks he has had about the reduction of dock charges in those fishing ports such as Fleetwood who have suffered the impact of loss of distant water fishing grounds.

The fishing vessel owners' associations in the three ports principally concerned met under the chairmanship of the chairman of the White Fish Authority to discuss the problem of dock charges. My right hon. Friend has received their report which is under urgent consideration and he will be discussing it with the chairman of the White Fish Authority and representatives of the fishing vessel owners' associations shortly.