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Fishing Catches

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) monetary value and (b) weight of fish landed in the UK for domestic consumption was in the last 12 months, broken down by country of registration of fishing vessel. (248985)

The live weight and value of fish landed into the UK for domestic consumption in 2007 are shown in the following table:

Vessel nationality

Live weight (Thousand tonnes)

Value (£ million)

UK

439.8

535.0

Faroes

22.1

14.0

Norway

21.6

6.1

Irish Republic

17.6

10.9

France

17.0

19.0

Denmark

12.4

5.4

Russia

6.4

7.1

Belgium

4.6

12.7

Spain

3.5

5.5

Netherlands

1.1

2.0

Poland

1.0

0.6

Germany

1.0

1.0

Sweden

0.9

0.3

Belize

0.7

1.0

Total

549.6

620.8

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) tonnage and (b) monetary value was of landings at UK ports by EU vessels in 2008 of fish caught in (i) the North Sea and (ii) UK home territorial waters. (249046)

Information on the tonnage of fish landings by EU vessels from the North sea as a whole for 2006, the latest year for which such information is available, is provided in the following table.

Landings by EU member states of fish caught in the North sea (ICES area IV):

Member state

Landings in 2006 (tonnes live weight)

Belgium

9,728

Denmark

593,375

Germany

83,758

Ireland

7,280

France

50,653

Lithuania

6,989

Netherlands

152,185

Poland

2,093

Portugal

1,060

Sweden

48,491

United Kingdom

250,796

EU total

1,206,406

Source:

Eurostat.

The value of the fish involved and details of those caught in UK territorial waters is not readily available. Such information can be made available only by contacting the individual member states and third countries concerned. This would include requesting information on the value of catches by vessels of other member states and third countries that fish within that part of the North sea bounded by the UK's 200 mile fisheries limit. However, such information is only available in terms of the totals for the sea areas involved, and only for the quantities of fish involved rather than value. As such, the information requested is not available.