Fishing Catches

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 12th January 2016.

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Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps is she taking to achieve an end to overfishing by 2020.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The UK Government was instrumental in ensuring that the EU Common Fisheries Policy contains a legal requirement requiring that by 2020, at the latest, fishing rates are set at levels that will deliver maximum sustainable yield (MSY).

At the European Union Agriculture and Fisheries Council in December 2015, I maintained the pressure and successfully secured a 50% increase in the number of fish stocks, in which the UK has an interest, that will be fished at or below MSY levels in 2016.

Stocks fished at, or below, maximum sustainable yield in 2015:

1. North Sea haddock

2. West of Scotland haddock

3. Nephrops IV in Fladen ground

4. North Sea plaice

5. North Sea sprat

6. North Sea autumn spawning herring

7. Irish Sea herring

8. Herring in Division VIa (North)

9. Herring VIIa Celtic Sea and South of Ireland

10. Herring in subareas I, II, V and sub areas Vi and VII

11. Western Channel sole

12. Horse Mackerel IIa. IVa. Vb. VIa. VIIa-c. e-k. VIII

13. Whiting VII b-k

14. Blue ling in Division Vb. and Subareas VI and VII

15. NE Atlantic spurdog

16. Roundnose grenadier in Vb, VI, VII

Additional stocks which will be fished at, or below, maximum sustainable yield in 2016:

17.North Sea cod

18.Nephrops in the Firth of Forth

19.Nephrops in Moray Firth

20.North Sea, West of Scotland and Rockall saithe

21.Western Channel plaice

22.Rockall haddock

23. Megrim in Divisions IVa and VIa

24. Irish Sea sole

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