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Fishing Rights

Volume 21: debated on Thursday 1 April 1982

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if, in the making of any orders in respect of fisheries he will make it his policy to seek to ensure that exclusive fishing rights are made available as far as it is practicable to full-time fishermen with historic fishing rights in the relevant areas; and if he will make a statement.

In considering applications for orders under the Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Act 1967 granting exclusive fishing rights, I take account of the extent to which the applicants obtain a substantial part of their livelihoods from fishing in the areas concerned.