Fisheries: Quotas

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 21st June 2010.

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Photo of Laura Sandys Laura Sandys Conservative, South Thanet

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take steps to support fishermen in Thanet experiencing restrictions in fishing activity arising from allocations of quota.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

I recognise the difficulties currently facing the inshore fleet. The shortage of fishing opportunities in the Thanet area is, in part, the result of international quota swaps that are usually secured to supplement the inshore fleets' allocations not being forthcoming this year. The Marine Management Organisation is continuing to pursue swaps in order to secure additional quota.

However, there are more fundamental issues to resolve in order to deliver reform of the inshore fleet that is clearly needed. I plan to meet representatives from across industry to drive forward work to find long-term solutions, as a matter of priority.

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