HC Deb 06 November 1978 vol 957 cc87-8W
Mr. Beith

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the outcome of the meeting held on 5th June 1978 between his officials and representatives of the shellfish processing industry; whether it was agreed at that meeting that 85mm was an appropriate size limit for nephrops; and what will be the effect of the decision of the Council of Ministers of the EEC on 21st September 1978 that there should be a 100mm limit on nephrops in area 2.

Mr. Bishop

At this meeting the representatives of the shellfish processing industry expressed concern at a proposal by the Commission for a minimum landing size of 100 mm for nephrops, and officials explained the scientific evidence then available, which indicated that 85mm would be more appropriate. ICES subsequently recommended 86mm. Her Majesty's Government have drawn the attention of the Commission to this recommendation. No decision has yet been taken by the Council.

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