Wrasse: Cornwall

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 12th June 2019.

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Photo of Scott Mann Scott Mann Conservative, North Cornwall

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to (a) safeguard the Cornish Wrasse population and (b) better manage the removal of those fish to Scottish salmon farms.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The management of the Cornish wrasse fishery is the responsibility of the Cornwall Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA). The Live Wrasse Fishing (Limited Permit) Byelaw 2018 safeguards the removal of wrasse by requiring vessel owners to hold an annual permit for their vessel to be used for taking, retaining or landing live wrasse. A maximum of five permits can be issued by the Cornwall IFCA in a calendar year and permit holders must comply with specific conditions to ensure proper use and maintain the sustainability of stock.

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