§ 14. Sir John Gilmour
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what progress is being made in research into blue whiting as an alternative catch for United Kingdom fishermen.
§ Mr. Bishop
Research so far has shown that for a limited period each spring large quantities of blue whiting can be caught on their spawning grounds off western Scotland. The fish are, however, small, and difficult to process for human consumption. Research into this, and the seasonal nature of the fishery, is continuing.