Fisheries: Italy

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 17th July 2007.

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Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will discuss with (a) the European Commission and (b) the Italian authorities the illegal use of driftnets by Italian fishermen in the Mediterranean.

Photo of Jonathan R Shaw Jonathan R Shaw Parliamentary Under-Secretary (and Minister for the South East), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

My ministerial predecessor, my hon. Friend Mr. Bradshaw, took the opportunity at the 11-12 June Agriculture and Fisheries Council, to raise our concerns about the continuing illegal use of drift nets in EU waters. The Commission made it clear that it took such illegal activity seriously and that it is currently investigating the activities of both Italian and French vessels in this regard. In addition, the regulation defining drift nets, to provide for more robust enforcement of the existing controls, has now been formally adopted.

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