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Fishing: Cod and Sole

Volume 712: debated on Monday 20 July 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how they are monitoring the areas covered by the North Sea cod recovery programme and the management plan for Western Channel sole to ensure there is no overfishing. [HL4882]

UK enforcement authorities are implementing in full the control provisions of the cod recovery programmes and the management plan for western channel sole. These include reduced margins of tolerance for recording catches in the logbook, prior notification requirements for vessels landing cod and sole, separate stowage requirements and, for cod only, designated landing port arrangements.

In addition, the UK has implemented a single area licence condition for UK vessels using regulated gear (beam trawls) in the western channel sole fishery to prevent misrecording, and therefore overfishing, of the western channel sole stock. Taken together these measures provide the necessary additional safeguards to ensure that landings of cod and sole are properly accounted for to prevent overfishing from taking place.