asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has any intention to police and control dredging operations arising from widespread seabed trawling for shellfish off the Scottish coastline.
§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
Almost all seabed trawling for shellfish in waters off the Scottish coast takes place in muddy grounds where nephrops—prawns—are found. Light gear is used and disturbance of the seabed is minimal. Fishing operations are subject to European Community conservation and control measures which are vigorously enforced by the fishery protection service. My right hon. and learned Friend has no plans to introduce further control measures.