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Total Allowable Catches

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what percentage of the UK’s Total Allowable Catch for 2008 he plans to distribute to the 10 metre and under fleet; and if he will make a statement; (170899)

(2) what percentage of the UK’s Total Allowable Catch for 2008 he has allocated to the 10 metre and under fleet, broken down by (a) species and (b) fishery; and if he will make a statement.

The opening quota for the 10 m and under fleet is boosted by Fisheries Administrations acquiring additional quota in-year for their use. Information on the 10 m and under fleet’s share of quota at 31 December 2006 is set out in the table. However, focusing on such an analysis can be misleading, as some of the quota stocks included are of little interest to inshore vessels. In addition, many of these vessels catch types of fish, such as crabs and scallops, which are not subject to the constraints on their activity that may be seen when targeting quota species. Figures for landings of quota stocks and non-quota stocks are also included in the table and show that 80 per cent. of all landings by the UK 10 m and under fleet in 2006 were of non-quota stocks.

Corresponding figures for end-year quota for 2007 are not yet available, as Fisheries Administrations continue to obtain extra allocations of quota wherever possible.

Stocks fished by the UK’s 10 m and under fleet1: 2006

Quota stocks

UK quota as at 31 December (tonnes)

10 m and under fleet’s quota as at 31 December (tonnes)

Percentage of UK quota

Landings by the 10 mand under fleet (tonnes)

Percentage of UK quota

Anglers 7 (incl. 8abde)

4,907.1

218.3

4

164.8

3

North Sea Anglers

9,509.0

10.2

0

10.2

0

West of Scotland Anglers

1,818.5

2.4

0

0.5

0

Blue Whiting I-VIII,XII, XIV

80,179.0

0.0

0

0.3

0

Cod 7a

1,027.9

19.1

2

7.8

1

Cod 7b-k

688.9

278.9

40

290.7

42

North Sea Cod

8,356.9

167.4

2

204.8

2

West of Scotland Cod

455.7

11.5

3

0.1

0

North Sea Dabs/Flounders

2,218.0

17.6

1

15.3

1

Haddock 7

1,154.0

35.0

3

24.4

2

North Sea Haddock

39,053.0

69.8

0

34.5

0

West of Scotland Haddock

6,950.7

11.0

0

0.3

0

Hake 6and 7 (incl. 8abde)

3,849.6

30.0

1

2.4

0

North Sea Hake

325.6

1.4

0

1.4

0

Herring 4c/7d

5,246.0

61.0

1

68.9

1

Herring 7a (Manx and Mourne)

4,237.9

0.0

0

0.8

0

Herring 7ef

488.0

151.0

31

87.5

18

North Sea Herring

69,010.9

0.0

0

0.2

0

North Sea Horse Mackerel

3,917.0

0.0

0

0.2

0

West Coast Horse Mackerel

11,101.1

6.0

0

5.9

0

North Sea Lemon Sole/Witches

3,430.8

36.0

1

33.1

1

Deep Sea Ling IV

2,941.8

2.5

0

2.5

0

Deep Sea Ling VI-X, XII, XIV

5,060.3

54.7

1

46.7

1

North Sea Mackerel

414.1

333.0

80

425.3

103

West Coast Mackerel

103,167.9

90.2

0

90.5

0

Megrim 7

2,917.9

42.9

1

13.4

0

West of Scotland Megrim

903.0

5.0

1

0.4

0

Nephrops 7

7,924.7

155.1

2

87.6

1

North Sea Nephrops

24,431.7

1,515.2

6

1,497.7

6

West of Scotland Nephrops

18,504.9

2,262.7

12

1,808.1

10

Plaice 7a

707.0

81.2

11

72.5

10

Plaice 7de

1,643.7

437.5

27

427.7

26

Plaice 7fg

118.9

35.9

30

34.3

29

North Sea Plaice

12,651.2

58.5

0

58.4

0

West of Scotland Plaice

477.0

5.0

1

0.2

0

Pollack 7

2,658.0

306.3

12

271.7

10

West of Scotland Pollack

165.0

5.0

3

0.2

0

Saithe 7

726.0

13.8

2

5.3

1

North Sea Saithe

9,379.0

14.8

0

10.0

0

North Sea Skates and Rays

1,695.0

195.8

12

181.1

11

Sole 7a

225.6

20.2

9

10.7

5

Sole 7d

1,215.0

464.9

38

419.1

34

Sole 7e

566.0

44.2

8

46.2

8

Sole 7fg

274.1

33.0

12

31.4

11

North Sea Sole

1,255.6

257.0

20

235.0

19

West of Scotland Sole

14.0

0.1

1

0.1

1

Sprat 7de

3,226.0

7.8

0

0.5

0

North Sea Sprat

4,944.0

137.8

3

92.3

2

North Sea Spurdog

778.0

8.9

1

6.9

1

North Sea Turbot/Brill

551.0

15.2

3

15.3

3

Whiting 7a

188.9

2.6

1

0.8

0

Whiting 7b-k

2,288.5

162.8

7

102.2

4

North Sea Whiting

11,733.1

312.2

3

337.4

3

Total quota stocks

481,672.5

8,208.5

2

7,285.6

2

Total non-quota stocks

n/a

n/a

n/a

28,600.0

n/a

Total all species

n/a

n/a

n/a

35,885.6

n/a

1 Excludes vessels which are members of Producer Organisations.