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Volume 489: debated on Tuesday 17 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many deep sea fishermen there are in England. (263583)

There is no precise definition of what constitutes a deep sea fisherman, although vessels over 24 metres in length have the capability to fish in such waters. In 2007, there were 104 active English fishing vessels over 24 metres in length with 1,003 full-time and nine part-time fishermen.