Marine Protected Areas: Fishing Vessels

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 23rd July 2021.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Government’s plan to introduce management measures in 40 English offshore Marine Protected Areas (MPA) over the next three years, what assessment his Department has made of the benefits to mobile fish stocks of banning supertrawlers from the offshore MPA network.

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

We are reviewing our policy on supertrawlers, and their impact on fish stocks, and this will be driven by evidence. We will need to consider how any measures fit with our obligations under the Trade and Cooperation Agreement with the EU.

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