Fishing Vessels: Fuels

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Andrew George Andrew George Liberal Democrat, St Ives

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assistance his Department is giving the commercial sea fishing industry to improve the fuel efficiency of its vessels.

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

In 2005-06, DEFRA funded a £20,000 study by SEAFISH on how fishing vessels could reduce their fuel consumption. The results of that study are available to the industry, and advice on what vessel owners can do to improve efficiency is widely available from SEAFISH.

£71 million of grants through the European Fisheries Fund will come on stream in autumn. A significant proportion of these funds will be targeted to support the industry in adapting to higher fuel prices, including through increasing fuel efficiency.

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