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Fisheries: Carbon Emissions
09 March 2010
Volume 507
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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much in carbon dioxide emissions was given off by the fishing fleet in (a) 2004, (b) 2005, (c) 2006, (d) 2007, (e) 2008 and (f) 2009; and if he will make a statement. [320842]

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Figures are not available in relation to actual emissions from UK fishing vessels. However, an assessment of the total emissions from the fisheries sector for 2006 has been provided in DEFRA's Food 2030 strategy. This states that, as a total of greenhouse gas emissions associated with the UK food chain by sector, fisheries accounted for 1mt of the 160mt CO2e produced.

Available data over the period of 2000-08 indicate that for the UK fishing fleet there has been a reduction in engine capacity and fishing effort, as well as a move toward less fuel intensive fishing methods. This information is in the following tables.

Table 1: Development of UK registered fishing fleet, as at 1 January

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

10m and under

Number

5,730

5,591

5,527

5,589

5,439

5,404

5,169

Total Tonnage

18,779

18,910

19,018

19,156

18,961

18,895

18,295

Total engine power

277,610

278,475

279,697

284,443

280,079

280,824

274,170

Over 10m

Number

2,134

2,060

2,032

1,835

1,700

1,636

1,590

Total Tonnage

248,255

246,152

245,269

221,878

210,380

204,458

199,814

Total engine power

695,590

697,057

717,595

658,274

632,923

620,399

605,541

Total Fleet

Number

7,864

7,651

7,559

7,424

7,139

7,040

6,759

Total Tonnage

267,034

265,062

264,287

241,033

229,341

223,353

218,110

Total engine power

973,199

975,533

997,292

942,717

913,003

901,224

879,711

2007

2008

2009

Change over period (-ve is reduction)

% change over period (-ve is reduction)

Reduction through decommissioning and pelagic aggregations over period

Period due to decomm. Etc. (-ve is reduction)

10m and under

Number

5,208

5,243

5,081

-649

-11%

Total Tonnage

18,411

18,461

17,923

-856

-5%

Total engine power

277,803

281,893

274,598

-3012

-1%

Over 10m

Number

1,555

1,534

1,506

-628

-29%

-329

-15%

Total Tonnage

196,678

194,417

190,048

-58,208

-23%

-40,950

-16%

Total engine power

588,310

577,806

564,780

-130,809

-19%

-119,726

-17%

Total Fleet

Number

6,763

6,777

6,87

-1,277

-16%

-329

-4%

Total Tonnage

215,089

212,878

207,971

-59,063

-22%

-40,950

-15%

Total engine power

866,113

859,699

839,378

-133,821

-14%

-119,726

-12%

Table 2: Over 10m UK active fishing fleetdetails by data collection regulation segmentation: Segmentation based on fishing effort during the year in question

Heading

Fleet segment

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

% change over period(-ve is reduction)

Effort - KW Days at sea (million)

Mobile - beam trawl

20,552

21,725

18,425

17,650

17,581

16,106

13,208

11,996

8,030

-61

Mobile - demersal trawl/seine

83,921

78,713

70,474

62,743

54,774

49,184

46,050

44,634

45,861

-45

Mobile - dredge

7,235

6,916

6,782

6,446

6,852

7,068

6,405

6,412

5,851

-19

Mobile - pelagic

15,877

15,149

15,544

16,701

17,186

13,568

10,447

11,035

9,439

-41

Mobile - polyvalent

0,268

0,169

0,187

0,212

0,213

0,165

0,085

0,169

0,160

-40

Passive - drift and fixed nets

5,426

5,849

5,748

4,989

4,957

4,303

2,674

2,156

1,963

-64

Passive - gears using hooks

2,268

2,085

2,319

1,286

1,319

1,836

3,036

3,296

3,038

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Passive - pots and traps

5,918

6,331

6,232

7,170

6,917

6,762

6,654

7,392

6,947

17

Passive - polyvalent

0,140

0,020

0,028

0,027

0,045

0,040

0,000

0,000

0,000

-100

Polyvalent - mobile and passive gears

0,000

0,001

0,014

0,013

0,001

0,001

0,001

0,046

0,024

Total active fleet

141,605

136,958

125,752

117,239

109,843

99,033

88,561

87,136

81,312

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