Western Sahara: Fisheries

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 29th February 2012.

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Photo of Zac Goldsmith Zac Goldsmith Conservative, Richmond Park

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government is taking to ensure that trawlers from EU member states fishing off the coast of West Africa act in accordance with the provisions of third party fisheries agreements.

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

UK ensures that all fish imported from West Africa are caught in accordance with the requirements of fisheries partnership agreements through the checking of catch certificates. We are also working within the common fisheries policy reform process to ensure that measures governing vessels fishing under such agreements are strengthened to ensure more sustainable and well managed fisheries.

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