§ Mr. Ainger
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if she will list the names, port of registry, offence and penalties imposed on Spanish-registered ships found guilty in British courts of fishery offences in each year since 1991.
§ Mr. Jack
Since 1991 there have been six successful prosecutions against Spanish-registered fishing vessels. The details are as follows:
Vessel Port of Registry Offence Penalty 1992 Cantero Cuadrado Gijon Fishing without authority within British Fishery limits £30,000 fine plus £60,000 for the value of the catch Pakea Laurean La Corufia Fishing without authority in British Fishery limits Use of undresize net £20,000 fine plus £2,900 for the value of catch £2,000 fine and forfeiture of net £1,000 fine 1993 Vieirasa Neuve Vigo Undersize net £750 fine Illegal net construction £750 fine Home do Mar Vigo Retaining cod1 £225 fine Failure to record cod in logbook £90 fine Retaining undersized hake £135 fine Retaining undersized megrim £360 fine and £2,000 for the value of the catch plus costs of £1,000
Vessel Port of Registry Offence Penalty Capredi Dos San Sebastian Retaining haddock1 £450 fine Retaining cod1 £450 fine Retaining saithe1 £150 fine and £500 for the value of the fish plus costs of £200 Playa de Aldan Vigo Illegal net attachment £480 fine and forfeiture of net Retention of Undersized megrim £480 fine plus £1,000 for the value of the fish Retention of cod1 £600 fine plus £482 for the value of the fish Failure to record cod in EC logbook £600 fine Under recording of megrim £300 fine Under recording of hake £300 fine Under recording of anglers £300 fine Other £600 for costs 1 Spain does not have quotas for these species in the area of capture.
§ Mr. Ainger
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food is she will make it her policy to revoke or suspend British fishing licences on vessels found guilty in British or Irish courts of having a secret fish room, using undersized mesh nets, landing undersize fish or related offences.
§ Mr. Jack
Powers to revoke or suspend fishing licences under the Sea Fish (Conservation) Act 1992 can be used only in respect of breaches of licence conditions, for example, overfishing, or the failure to carry a logbook. The infringements mentioned in the question would not breach the conditions in any existing UK licences.