Fishing Catches: British Overseas Territories

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered at on 7 November 2017.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Conservative, East Worthing and Shoreham

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what fishing tonnage quota is assigned to the UK for each of its Overseas Territories; and what fishing quota is assigned to each vessel.

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

Marine and fisheries management issues are devolved matters for UK Overseas Territories (UKOT), who are responsible for managing fishing licensing issues, including vessel allocations. In terms of international quota allocations, however, St Helena (including Ascension and Tristan da Cunha), Bermuda, BVI and Turks and Caicos are part of the UKOT membership to the International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). Within ICCAT, the UKOTs have been allocated quota for bigeye tuna (2,100t), albacore (100t), swordfish (25t), which is divided between these territories, based on historical interests.

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