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Fish: Conservation

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to preserve endangered fish stocks in UK waters. (177649)

The UK Government are committed to the conservation of fish stocks. The common fisheries policy provides a framework for co-operation at European Union level. We continue to play an active role in negotiating improvements to the policy designed to provide more sustainable long-term fisheries management. We are working to ensure that depleted stocks are recovered and subsequently conserved, while at the same time delivering, in so far as we can, a viable future for the fishing industry.