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Marine and Fisheries Agency: Inspections

Volume 707: debated on Thursday 12 February 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further, to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 28 January (WA 51), whether, in view of 0.876 per cent of inspections on land resulting in the discovery of an infringement compared with 7.69 per cent of inspections at sea, there will be a switch from land-based to sea-based inspections by the Marines and Fisheries Agency. [HL1345]

There are no current plans to switch Marine and Fisheries Agency resources from land-based to sea-based inspections. Monitoring compliance with fisheries legislation requires a complex mix of enforcement tools, including land-based and at-sea inspections as well as aerial surveillance, satellite monitoring (vessel monitoring systems), other intelligence-gathering methods and data analysis. Deployment of these tools is carried out using intelligence-based risk assessment techniques and is kept under constant review to ensure that they are used in the most effective manner.