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Fishing Vessels

Volume 459: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what share of total UK fishing quotas he allocated to the under-10 metre fleet in (a) the UK and (b) England in each year since 1997. (133883)

In 2006, 2 per cent. of the UK’s opening quota was allocated to the 10 metre and under fleet. However, such an analysis is misleading because the total UK quota includes quota for stocks which are of no interest to inshore vessels, such as deep sea species and stocks fished in external waters. In addition, many of these vessels catch types of fish, such as crabs and scallops, which are not subject to quotas.

Fishing opportunities for the 10 metre and under fleet are boosted by Fishing Administrations acquiring additional quota in-year for their use.

Results for earlier years could be provided only at disproportionate costs.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many over-10 metre vessels from (a) producer organisations and (b) the non-sector have moved into the under-10 metre fleet in each year since 1997. (133884)

An over 10 metre vessel cannot join the 10 metre and under fleet. However, owners of over 10 metre vessels are able to sell their quota and licence and acquire a licence in the 10 metre and under fleet. Central data systems record all changes in ownership as a result of a sale or an agreed transfer. While these systems record details of the owners of vessels and licences, they are not designed to allow the details of the vessels and licences held by any individual owner to be tracked over time. As such, information on the movement of owners from over 10 metre vessels to 10 metre and under vessels could be produced only at a disproportionate cost.