HC Deb 21 November 1972 vol 846 c1059
Mr. Luce

I beg leave to present a Petition on behalf of 15 inshore fishermen in the Shoreham area who are very concerned about the harmful effects of beam trawling in the waters of the Sussex coast.

The Petition concludes: Wherefore your petitioners pray that your honourable House do most urgently debate the conservation of Britain's fishing grounds and do give protection to the livelihood of Britain's inshore fishermen and that your honourable House do approve to ban all beam trawling along the South Coast within Britain's territorial waters 12 mile limit, except by local trawl permits to meet local area needs and that your honourable House do enforce existing regulations for conservation by replacing the present proposed Naval patrol system by a fast adequate number of vessels competent to enforce conservation in all areas under their control and supervision and do urge your honourable House to call for an immediate inquiry on these matters. And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.

To lie upon the Table.

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