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Fisheries: Closures

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which fisheries have closed in each month during 2007; and if he will make a statement. (155905)

UK Fisheries Administrations have closed, in-year, a total of six fisheries to all UK registered vessels. These are set out in the table as follows:

Fishery

Month of closure

North Sea Sandeels

May

Herring Vll

July

Deep Sea tusk V, VI, VII

July

West of Scotland herring

September

Irish Sea haddock

September

Bluefin tuna Atlantic Ocean, east of 45, and Mediterranean

October

These closures are kept under review and, if quota becomes available from outside the UK, it is possible that they may be re-opened. Further fishery closures at a UK-level will be undertaken if the UK quota for particular stocks is taken in full.