Developing Countries: Fisheries

Department for International Development written question – answered on 14th January 2015.

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Photo of John Spellar John Spellar Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the effects of super trawlers on the sustainability of coastal fishing communities in developing countries.

Photo of Desmond Swayne Desmond Swayne The Minister of State, Department for International Development

Assessments of the status of fisheries and their sustainability, including coastal fisheries in developing countries, are undertaken by national authorities and compiled periodically into regional assessments by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation.

DFID has provided support both bilaterally and through international organisations to strengthen the governance of fisheries in developing countries. This has included efforts to tackle illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing in West Africa.

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