Fisheries: Falkland Islands

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 3rd July 2017.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to develop the fishery sector in the Falkland Islands in line with similar developments in the UK fishing sector.

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

Defra is not directly involved in developing the fishery sector in the Falkland Islands, as responsibility for fisheries management has been devolved to the Falkland Islands Government. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is the lead department for matters relating to the Falkland Islands and Defra works closely with the FCO on wider matters relating to fisheries that are relevant to the UK Government.

The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) has an officer based on the Falkland Islands, part funded by Defra, who works closely with the Falklands fishing industry to help deliver commitments to reduce fisheries bycatch under the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP).

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