HC Deb 25 June 1976 vol 913 c677W
Mr. Richard Wainwright

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is his estimate of the stocks of the following fish in the South Atlantic area: Patagonian hake, long-tailed hake sprat and blue whiting.

Mr. Bishop

On the basis of data from FAO and other sources, stocks of Patagonian hake in the South Atlantic, mainly between latitudes 35 degrees and 45 degrees S, have been estimated at some 2 million to 3 million tons. No information is available on stocks of long-tailed hake or sprats. FAO estimates suggest that blue whiting stocks in the South Atlantic would sustain a maximum yield of about 1 million tons a year but much of this would be unsuitable for human consumption.