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Fisheries: Italy

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will discuss with (a) the European Commission and (b) the Italian authorities the illegal use of driftnets by Italian fishermen in the Mediterranean. (149282)

My ministerial predecessor, my hon. Friend the Member for Exeter (Mr. Bradshaw), took the opportunity at the 11-12 June Agriculture and Fisheries Council, to raise our concerns about the continuing illegal use of drift nets in EU waters. The Commission made it clear that it took such illegal activity seriously and that it is currently investigating the activities of both Italian and French vessels in this regard. In addition, the regulation defining drift nets, to provide for more robust enforcement of the existing controls, has now been formally adopted.