To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Minister for the Natural and Marine Environment, Wildlife and Rural Affairs, Huw Irranca-Davies, on 24 November (Official Report, House of Commons, 857–58W), whether the review of inshore netting restrictions announced last year has commenced; and, if so, when the results will be published. [HL279]
The review of inshore netting restrictions commenced earlier this year with the production by the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) of a scientific paper, entitled Spatial Controls on Fixed Netting in England. This has been considered with fisheries managers and stakeholders in Defra's Recreational Sea Angling (RSA) Subgroup and will be published shortly. In the light of feedback from the RSA subgroup, Cefas is currently working on a more extended review covering other types of netting for consideration by the group.