HC Deb 21 February 1963 vol 672 cc96-7W
Mr. Wolrige-Gordon

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the explanation for the rich sprat harvest that is now being caught off the north-east coast of Aberdeenshire; and whether this can be expected to recur each year.

Mr. Noble

These relatively large catches of sprats can be attributed partly to the effect of a good year class on the stocks and partly to the fact that changes in environmental conditions have caused unusually heavy shoaling in inshore waters. I cannot say whether these phenomena will recur in future years.

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