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Fisheries: Manpower

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 11th June 2009.

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Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time British sea fishermen have been operating in UK waters in each year since 1997.

Photo of Huw Irranca-Davies Huw Irranca-Davies Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Marine and Natural Environment)

Latest published information from Table 2.6 of UK Sea Fisheries Statistics 2007 showing the number of fishermen operating on UK registered vessels is shown in the following table.

Number of fishermen on UK register vessels
Regular Part-time Total
1997 14,832 3,772 18,604
1998 14,436 3,453 17,889
1999 13,864 3,032 16,896
2000 12,399 3,250 15,649
2001 12,145 2,813 14,958
2002 11,442 2,763 14,205
2003 10,204 2,918 13,122
2004 11,023 2,430 13,453
2005 10,492 2,339 12,831
2006 10,358 2,576 12,934
2007 10,033 2,696 12,729

We are not able to identify the number of fishermen operating in UK waters.

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