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Gibraltar Waters: Spanish Fishing Vessel Incursions

Volume 590: debated on Monday 1 June 1998

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asked Her Majesty's Government:On how many occasions during the last twelve months Spanish fishing boats have operated or sought to operate in Gibraltar waters; and what action has been taken to prevent or deter such activity. [HL1955]

The Royal Gibraltar police recorded 194 incursions by Spanish fishing vessels over the period May 1997 to April 1998. 153 of these incursions have taken place this year. Royal Gibraltar Police policy is to request such vessels to leave Gibraltar waters, and, in particularly serious cases, to arrest offenders.