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Fish Catches

Volume 982: debated on Tuesday 15 April 1980

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what are his estimates for the most recently available year of the proportion of their catch taken by France, Germany, Holland, Denmark and Belgium within (a) the British 200-mile and (b) the British 50-mile fishing limits, and the proportion of British catches made outside those two limits.

I regret that the information is not available in the form requested. The most recent year for which information was supplied to the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea in sufficient detail to permit an estimate to be made, but for the 200-mile belt only, was 1976. In that year the proportions were as follows:

CountryEstimated proportion of total 1976 catch taken within United Kingdom 200-mile belt (percentage)
West Germany12
The proportion of the total United Kingdom catch taken outside the United Kingdom 200-mile limit in 1976 was 33 per cent.