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Fishing Catches

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 13th 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, if he will publish information his Department has commissioned on estimating fish weights when compiling fishing vessel logbooks or catch returns.

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

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has not commissioned any formal assessment on estimating fish weights when compiling fishing vessel logbooks or catch returns. We know most fishers operate in good faith and will make efforts to report their catches accurately. For those fishers that want to be more precise the use of a set of scales gives them that accuracy.

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