§ Mr. James Johnson
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what were the catch rates of white fish for human consumption in 1967 and 1977; and what is the estimated rate for 1978.
§ Mr. Bishop
The latest year for which catch rates can be calculated is 1976 when 0.21 tonnes of white fish were landed per hour of fishing time compared with 0.24 tonnes in 1967. These figures are for England and Wales fishing vessels in all waters.