§ Mr. Gareth Wardell
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many cases were investigated by fishery officers of the inspectorate of fisheries of vessels contravening the under 10 m licensing regulations.
§ Mr. Jack
The Fisheries Department is in the final stages of completing the licensing of fishing vessels of 10 m overall length and under. No prosecutions have so far been taken but as part of their ongoing enforcement responsibilities, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food's sea fisheries inspectorate has made it clear that vessels fishing for profit must be licensed in accordance with the provisions of the Sea Fish Licensing Order 1992 (SI 1992/2633) as varied by SIs 1993/188 and 1993/2291.