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Fisheries: Monitoring

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 70005, tabled on 30 March 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 20 October 2016 to Question 48853, what proportion of the total UK fishing trips have been electronically monitored using electronic monitoring equipment in each of the last three years.

Answered on

18 April 2017

The proportion of fishing trips undertaken by UK vessels using remote electronic monitoring (REM) equipment was less than one percent of the total fishing trips undertaken by UK vessels in each of the last three years from 2014 to 2016. The type of vessel using REM equipment were large capacity vessels, fishing off shore for fish stocks that were subject to quotas. In 2016 nearly 40 percent of UK landings of North Sea cod were made by vessels fully documenting their catch using REM equipment.