Fishing Catches: Scotland and Wales

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 2nd March 2020.

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Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether under 10m fishing vessels registered in England and landing in a Welsh or Scottish port will be required to create a catch record and report before the catch is moved off the boat.

Photo of Victoria Prentis Victoria Prentis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Under 10 metre fishing vessels registered to an English port, and licensed by the Marine Management Organisation, will be required to create and submit a catch record before the catch is moved off the boat, if landing species subject to quotas or catch limits into a Welsh or Scottish port. This is a condition of their fishing vessel licence. It is important for fishers to submit a catch record wherever they land to help manage the risk to quota or catch limit fish stocks, to improve the level of data collected for these fish and to ensure future sustainability.

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