HC Deb 17 March 1987 vol 112 cc484-5W
Mr. Colvin

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what action has been taken by his Department to implement the recommendations of the consultative paper on the review of inland and coastal fisheries in England and Wales, published jointly by his Department and the Welsh Office.

Mr. Gummer

Our 1981 consultation paper covered a range of issues concerning local fisheries administration, salmon conservation, fish farming and fish disease. Action has been taken on many of the points covered in the consultation paper, includingthe registration of fish farms for disease control purposes, consequent upon the passing of the Diseases of Fish Act 1983; changes to the list of notifiable fish diseases and the revision of movement controls applying to infected sites; the introduction of controls over the import of ungutted salmon and trout; the exemption of certain types of fish farm from the provisions of Section 30 of the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act 1975; following a study of salmon sales control (which concluded that salmon tagging would not be viable) the introduction, in the Salmon Act 1986, of a new offence of receiving or handling salmon, believing or having reason to suspect it was taken illegally, and of powers to introduce salmon dealer licensing schemes; the introduction of new measures to tighten the management of the commercial salmon fishery off the north east coast of England and provison, also in the Salmon Act 1986. for a review in three years' time of fishing for salmon with nets in this area and certain areas of the Scottish east coast.

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