HC Deb 18 December 1989 vol 164 c52W
Mr. Tony Banks

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what action he has taken to limit sand eel fishing; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Lang

The sand eel fishery off Shetland has been closed since 1 July 1989. A licensing scheme has been introduced in the Minch to prevent fishing pressure on those sand eel stocks becoming excessive.

Officials will be discussing the latest scientific evidence on the state of sand eel stocks with the fishing industry next month. Decisions on the 1990 fishing season will then be taken.