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Fishing Industry (Losses At Sea)

Volume 978: debated on Monday 4 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will publish in the Official Report a list of the fishing vessels lost at sea and the number of fishermen who lost their lives each year since 1950, respectively, up to the latest date for which the above information is available; and what steps have been taken to end such loss of life and property.

The numbers of fishing vessels lost in the years 1950–1978 are listed below together with deaths arising from those losses for the period 1962–1978. Figures for deaths arising from those fishing vessels which were lost during the years 1950–1961 are not available.My Department is actively engaged in implementing the Fishing Vessel (Safety Provisions) Rules in order to raise safety standards in the industry, in consultation with the Fishing Industry Safety Group.Following is the information:

LOSSES OF FISHING VESSELS REGISTERED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM AND DEATHS OF FISHERMEN: 1950–78
Total number of fishing vessels lostDeaths due to losses
195026*
195124*
195223*
195325*
195422*
195527*
195616*
195723*
195826*
195927*
196011*
196124*
19621325
1963224
1964175
19651026
19661515
1967214
19682670
1969259
19701611
197115Nil
19722418
1973315
19742851
1975474
1976352
19773714
19783925
* Not available.