(2) what data his Department receives on catches by fishing vessels from other EU member states within the six to 12 mile band of UK waters.
There is a range of stock assessment measures in place for shellfish at regional, national and EU levels, but there are no national or EU measures which explicitly relate only to the six to 12 mile zone. Sea Fisheries Committees (SFC) have introduced, or are in the process of introducing, a number of measures for the explicit purpose of gaining Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) accreditation, for instance South Wales SFC’s management of the Burry Inlet cockle fishery, and North East Sea Fisheries Committee’s (NESFC) attempt to gain accreditation for the local lobster fishery. These SFC measures, however, apply out to six miles only.
While none of the aforementioned measures has been introduced specifically for the purpose of enabling accreditation schemes to demonstrate sustainability, such measures are seen as an integral part of any shellfish management plan which would be a pre-requisite for gaining accreditation.