Ascension Island: Fisheries

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 3rd July 2015.

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Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon Conservative, Newbury

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how fishing in British waters off Ascension Island will be policed; and what steps his Department is taking to prevent over-fishing or illegal bycatch landings in those waters.

Photo of James Duddridge James Duddridge The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Consideration is currently being given to all options for marine management around Ascension Island. Any decision will be based on scientific justification, financial viability, effective enforcement and monitoring. The type of enforcement will depend on the management option selected. HMG funded a pilot satellite surveillance project around Ascension Island. This data is being used to inform future management and enforcement of Ascension Island’s waters.

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