Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 12th February 2004.

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Photo of Owen Paterson Owen Paterson Conservative, North Shropshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures are being taken to deter fishermen from applying techniques which result in the distortion of standard diamond netting.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare)

A number of EU technical rules have been adopted to discourage the distortion of diamond netting, including limits on the numbers of meshes allowed in the circumference of a net, a requirement for the top and bottom of codends and extension pieces to be of the same material and dimensions and restrictions on what may be attached to codends.

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