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Volume 978: debated on Friday 15 February 1980

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what evidence he has that immature herring are being landed illegally as part of sprat catches; and what steps he proposes to stop such landings.

It is normally not possible for fishermen entirely to avoid catching herring when fishing for sprat but regular checks on sprat catches are carried out both in ports and at sea; there is no evidence of any widespread abuse.