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Fisheries: Databases

Volume 468: debated on Wednesday 28 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what targets he has set on the average time to enter fisheries data on to the fisheries database; and if he will make a statement; (167639)

(2) what the average time taken to enter fisheries data on to the fisheries database was in each year since 2003; and if he will make a statement.

The Marine and Fisheries Agency (MFA) has a performance target of ensuring 90 per cent. of the information received on catches and fishing activity is entered onto the fisheries database within five working days of receipt of all necessary information.

This target relates to data on the activity of vessels above 10 metres in length. These account for the majority of the fishing effort and catch in the areas that fall under the MFA's responsibility.

Delays in the entry of data are recorded in terms of the time taken from the date of receipt of the information required to the date that the information is entered onto the fisheries database:

2003

2004

2005

2006

Data relating to vessels of 10 metres and over

Average delay (days)

4.7

2.2

2.0

2.9

Percentage of data entered within five working days of receipt

79

93

95

90

Other data

Average delay (days)

3.4

1.9

3.4

11.3

The performance with regards to other data (primarily related to data received from sales notes related to activity by small vessels of 10 metres and under) has been affected by the introduction of the requirement for registration of buyers and sellers of fish from September 2005. This has led to a significant increase in the volume of such data being received for processing by the MFA during 2006. New procedures have been introduced and resources within the MFA have been reallocated to help deal with this increased workload while ensuring that the key performance target continues to be met.