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Seas and Oceans: Nature Conservation

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how the impact on proposed UK offshore Special Areas of Conservation sites of fishing vessels from (a) the Netherlands, (b) Belgium, (c) Norway, (d) Denmark, (e) Germany, (f) Spain, (g) France, (h) Ireland and (i) Portugal is being assessed. (221637)

JNCC advise that a preliminary assessment of the sensitivity of proposed SACs habitats to a range of human activities, including fishing, was made in drawing up the draft Conservation Objectives and Advice on Operations for each site published with the public consultation documents.

This did not include an assessment of the impact of fishing vessels from individual countries.

If the proposed SACs are submitted to the European Commission and adopted as sites of Community importance a further assessment of the impacts of fishing vessels, along with all potentially damaging human activities, will be made in order to produce final Conservation Objectives and Advice for Operations for all adopted sites.