HC Deb 25 February 1975 vol 887 cc107-8W
Mr. Sproat

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is his latest estimate of the number of mid-water trawlers and seine net boats operating in Scottish waters.

Mr. William Ross

At December 1974, 430 Scottish vessels were recorded as mainly engaged in seining and 88 as mainly engaged in mid-water—pelagic—trawling. A considerable part of the seiner fleet operates, however, beyond the 12-mile limit.