Armed Forces: Fisheries

Defence written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of Iris Robinson Iris Robinson DUP, Strangford

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many hours were spent policing fisheries legislation in the Irish Sea and North Channel by (a) RAF Nimrods, (b) RAF aircraft other than Nimrods and (c) Royal Navy vessels in the last 12 months; and what personnel were involved.

Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The Royal Air Force does not undertake fishery protection duties.

The Royal Navy does not keep records of hourly activity of fishery protection vessels (FPVs), but records patrol days (24 hr period). In the last 12 months—1 March 2007 to 29 February 2008—FPVs were on task in the Irish sea (International Council for the Exploration of the Sea Area 107A) for 78 days: 55 days by river class vessels and 23 days by hunt class vessels. The average ships complement numbers for river class vessels is 32 and for hunt class vessels it is 37.

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