§ 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.