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Fishing Vessels: Marine Environment

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 8576, tabled on 27 May 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department is aware of the fishing method of fly shooting in UK waters; whether his Department has made an assessment of the environmental impacts of fly shooting; and if his Department will make an assessment of the compatibility of fly shooting with the Government's ambition to protect 30 per cent of UK waters by 2030.

Answered on

11 June 2021

Fly shooting, also known as Scottish seining, has been evaluated by Seafish - the public body supporting the UK seafood industry - as having a lower environmental impact than other gear types because it can be operated from lower powered vessels with lower fuel consumption. Details can be found at: SSC - Scottish Seine — Seafish.