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Bass Nursery Areas

Volume 172: debated on Thursday 17 May 1990

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement about proposed bass nursery areas.

Our plans to establish 34 nursery areas in coastal waters to protect stocks of juvenile bass were announced on 19 April at column 980. In these areas fishing for bass from any vessel will be prohibited for all or part of the year. Regulations, to be made under section 5 of the Sea Fish Conservation Act 1967, will be laid before the House shortly.