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Falkland Islands: Territorial Waters

Volume 472: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Ministry of Defence on protecting the territorial waters in the Falklands. (190907)

[holding answer 29 February 2008]: The Falkland Islands Government (FIG) has sole responsibility for protecting the fisheries around the Falkland Islands from unauthorised fishing. To achieve this task the FIG deploys a chartered fisheries protection vessel, two maritime surveillance aircraft and a satellite-based vessel monitoring system. Additionally, fisheries observers are deployed on the commercial fleet. Their primary role is the collection of scientific data, but they also monitor compliance with regulations.