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Inshore Fisheries

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 15 January 2009

19. To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has for the development of the inshore fisheries sector. (247646)

My aim is to achieve the vision, set out in “Fisheries 2027”, of a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable inshore fishing fleet. The measures announced in December to help stabilise the fleet were a critical first step to delivering this. The Sustainable Access to Inshore Fisheries project will build on this foundation, beginning by developing a robust evidence base on the benefits of inshore fishing to help inform long term decisions.