HC Deb 20 December 1973 vol 866 c354W
37. Mr. Judd

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will make a statement on the Government's policy towards the development of fish farming in the United Kingdom as a source of national protein supply.

Mr. Anthony Stodart

Basic research in fish cultivation is undertaken in the Government's fisheries laboratories, and grant aid is given to the White Fish Authority's development work on marine fish farming.

Apart from freshwater species, it would appear that only the farming of salmon and the most expensive species of marine fish is likely to be economically viable. Fish farming is not, therefore, likely to make a substantial contribution to national protein supplies in the foreseeable future.

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