Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 27th March 2014.

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Photo of Adrian Sanders Adrian Sanders Liberal Democrat, Torbay

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to support the rod and line fishing industry.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

DEFRA has taken a number of measures that support the inshore fishing fleet in recent years, including realigning fishing quotas that were unutilised by producer organisations and giving them to the inshore fleet. Work is ongoing in order to determine other ways in which we can assist the inshore fleet.

There are no current national plans to differentiate between gear types for the inshore fishing fleet, although it is possible that some inshore fisheries conservation associations (IFCAs) may consider introducing restrictions to address local needs in the future.

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