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Fishery Protection Measures

Volume 958: debated on Tuesday 21 November 1978

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he is satisfied with the present state of fishery protection measures; and if he will make a statement.

I am satisfied that our fisheries protection measures continue to be effective. So far this year our fishery protection vessels have carried out some 1,600 boardings of fishing vessels at sea, in addition to the checks made on fishing vessels in port. Thirty-one skippers of fishing vessels have been convicted this year of offences against United Kingdom fishery regulations.