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Fisheries: Regulation

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the level of compliance with regulations and rules for which he is responsible within the seafood and fishing industry in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland. (177441)

It is difficult to make an accurate formal assessment of levels of compliance due to the diverse fishery activity occurring in our waters. However, during 2006, the last year for which complete figures are available, the Marine and Fisheries Agency undertook some 11,744 inspections, of which 298 revealed one or more offences (some 412 infringements). Compliance in Scotland and Northern Ireland is a devolved issue.