HC Deb 19 December 1979 vol 976 cc232-3W
19. Mr. Russell Johnston

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will introduce legislation to restore the prohibition of trawling with the otter board inside the 3-mile limit, which was the accepted position until the decision of Sheriff Morris Rose.

Mr. Younger

Legislation already exists prohibiting trawling with otter boards within the 3-mile limit. In the case referred to by the hon. Member which was heard at Dingwall sheriff court in April, the sheriff found that mid-water trawling with boards was not the method of fishing known as otter trawling. Scientific advice is that mid-water trawling with boards is no more damaging to fish stocks than other methods of mid-water fishing which are permitted within the 3-mile limit. I do not propose in the circumstances to seek amending legislation.

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