Fisheries Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:38 pm on 21st November 2018.

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Photo of Charles Walker Charles Walker Chair, Procedure Committee 3:38 pm, 21st November 2018

May I mount a bit of shameless lobbying? To tackle illegal lobster potting, the Scottish Government have put a limit on recreational lobster fishermen, such as myself, of one lobster landing a day on the west coast of Scotland. As Angus Brendan MacNeil, who represents Barra, will know, it is often very difficult to get your boat out more than once every four or five days. Will the hon. Lady ask the Scottish Government whether, instead of putting on a limit of one lobster a day, they will look at a limit on the number of pots a recreational fisherman can have—say, five or six—beyond which they would need to get a licence?>