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Fishing Rights

Volume 164: debated on Thursday 21 December 1989

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is his policy on the extension of inshore sea fishery district and exclusive fishing rights from three to six miles; and if he will make a statement.

My colleagues and I are currently giving careful consideration to a proposal put to us by the Association of Sea Fisheries Committees for an extension of SFC jurisdiction from three to six miles which would enable SFCs to propose byelaws for regulating certain stocks in the wider zone. We will make a decision as soon as we can. There would be detailed consultations with the fishing industry and constituent county and metropolitan district councils of SFCs if we decide to proceed.