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Fisheries: Special Areas of Conservation

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what records his Department holds of fishing in marine waters at the proposed offshore special areas of conservation sites at (a) Braemar Pockmarks, (b) Scanner Pockmark, (c) North Norfolk sandbanks and Saturn reef, (d) Haig Frais, (e) Stanton Banks, (f) Darwin Mounds and (g) Wyville Thomson Ridge. (204015)

The Joint Nature Conservation Council (JNCC) is required to prepare Conservation Objectives and Advice on Operations as after sites are submitted to the European Commission. Subsequently, for each of the offshore Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) subject to consultation in 2007-2008, it has prepared draft documents which include information on the impact of fishing. This information has been compiled making use of existing knowledge and in consultation with various Government Departments and agencies who hold such information, including the Marine Fisheries Agency and the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency.