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Fisheries

Volume 405: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many UK fishing vessels there were (a) under 10 metres and (b) over 10 metres, in each year since 1973; what proportion were blue water vessels; and what proportion were foreign-owned. [112498]

The information requested, where readily available, is given in the following tables. The blue water fleet has been taken as those UK fishing vessels greater than 10 metres overall length.Vessel data for 1 January 1973 to 1 January 1990 are available only in terms of under and over 40 foot in length (12.2 metres) and relate to the active rather than the registered UK fishing fleet. The statistics for these years also understate the overall size of the fleet: the registered fleet exceeded the active fleet by about 3,000 vessels in 1991 when the earlier statistical series was replaced.The Department does not collect statistics on foreign ownership of fishing vessels. The table includes estimates from 1997 onwards of the number of vessels that are considered to be partly or wholly owned by foreign interests, based on advice from local port offices of the Fisheries Departments in the UK.

Number of active UK fishing vesselsProportion of over 10 m vessels that were foreign owned
Details as at 1 January40 ft and underOver 40ftTotalNumberPercentage over 10 m
19733,9612,3666,327n/an/a
19744,0732,5056,578n/an/a
19754,3562,5606,916n/an/a
19764,1582,5336,691n/an/a
19774,3072,4336,740n/an/a
19784,6012,3526,953n/an/a
19794,7322,3357,067n/an/a
19804,8782,3647,242n/an/a
19814,5122,3836,895n/an/a
19824,9702,3817,351n/an/a
19834,4852,3126,797n/an/a
19844,7672,2076,974n/an/a
19855,4332,1517,584n/an/a
19865,8682,0527,920n/an/a
19876,3051,8618,166n/an/a
19886,2511,9538,204n/an/a
19896,1282,0048,132n/an/a
19906,3261,9578,283n/an/a
Number of registered UK fishing vesselsProportion of over 10 m vessels that were foreign owned1
Details as at 1 January10 m and underOver 10 mTotalNumberPercentage over 10 m
19917,3643,82511,189n/an/a
19927,5383,87311,411n/an/a
19937,8313,73011,561n/an/a
19948,1283,56411,692n/an/a
19957,6073,22010,827n/an/a
19966,7572,9639,720n/an/a
19976,0912,5768,6671626.3
19986,0222,4368,4581526.2
19996,0272,2448,2711416.3
20005,9162,1238,0391245.8
20015,7692,0497,8181165.7
20025,7132,0087,7211195.9
2003 (provisional)5,8471,8087,6551216.7

1 The distribution of ownership at 1 January was as follows:

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

Anglo Spanish1071079784737674
Anglo Dutch40353633373738
Other151087669

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on areas of linkage made during the CFP derogation negotiations between obtaining the support of other member states and the United Kingdom supporting measures in other areas. [112502]

The outcome on the package of fishery measures at the Council of Ministers in December 2002 was negotiated by the UK with reference only to the fisheries matters that were under consideration.