White Fish: Ireland

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 22nd January 2015.

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Photo of George Hollingbery George Hollingbery Conservative, Meon Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with her Irish counterparts on the management of sea bass stocks.

Photo of George Hollingbery George Hollingbery Conservative, Meon Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she has received the report Bass Discards published by the Irish Bass Group; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of George Hollingbery George Hollingbery Conservative, Meon Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what reports she has received on the Irish government's views on a total ban on commercial fishing for sea bass.

Photo of George Hollingbery George Hollingbery Conservative, Meon Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information her Department holds on levels of by-catch of sea bass in other fisheries in Irish waters in the last three years.

Photo of George Hollingbery George Hollingbery Conservative, Meon Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what reports she has received on the Irish government's policy for the management of sea bass stocks in their territorial waters.

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

I met the Irish Minister in the margins of the European Union Agriculture and Fisheries Council of 15-16 December to discuss key fisheries items on the Council agenda including management of sea bass stocks.

Under longstanding Irish national measures to protect bass stocks their commercial fishing vessels are not permitted to land bass for sale, which means a degree of discarding of bass by-catch from mixed fishing activity will occur. I have not, however, seen the Bass Discards report published by the Irish Bass Group.

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