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Fishing Vessels

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN HL5239, tabled on 30 January 2023

To ask His Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to banning super trawlers such as the FV Margiris from fishing in UK waters.

Answered on

6 February 2023

We are considering our policies for large pelagic trawlers, commonly known as supertrawlers, working to develop more robust management of the non-quota species which these vessels are targeting alongside quota stocks. Any action needs to be evidence-based and in line with the UK/EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement.

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) continues to monitor fishing activity in English waters – with dedicated enforcement and surveillance work to protect fisheries, including offshore patrol vessels for at-sea surveillance.