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Fisheries: Quotas

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total allowable catch is of vessels from each EU member state in fishing zones partially or fully within the UK's 200 nautical mile limit; and if he will make a statement. (277100)

The United Kingdom's 200 nautical mile fisheries limit includes part of the fishing zones classified by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) as areas IIa, IV, Vb1, Vb2, VIa, VIb and VIIa, d, e, f, g, h and j. A map of these zones can be found on the ICES website:

www.ices.dk/aboutus/icesareas.asp

Since fish stocks can straddle the territorial waters of several member and non-member states of the European Union, the Total Allowable Catches (TACs) for stocks which fall partially or wholly within these ICES zones are set at Community level by Ministers each December at the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council and, where necessary, by third country agreements with Norway, Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

Details of TACs and Quotas for 2009 can be found in the following EU legislation, which is available on the European Commission's website:

http://ec.europa.eu/fisheries/legislation/other/conservation_en.htm

Council Regulation (EC) No 43/2009 of 16 January 2009 fixing for 2009 the fishing opportunities and associated conditions for certain fish stocks and groups of fish stocks, applicable in Community waters and, for Community vessels, in waters where catch limitations are required (Annex I); and

Council Regulation (EC) No 1359/2008 of 28 November 2008 fixing for 2009 and 2010 the fishing opportunities for Community fishing vessels for certain deep-sea fish stocks (Annex, Part 2)