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Questions in Parliament (Updated 02 Mar 09)

Oct 25,2007 SACN


Recent questions asked in Parliament relating to Recreational Sea Angling and the Government's replies

*** 02 Mar 09 ***

Written answers

Friday, 27 February 2009

Angling: Devon

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

(1) what assessment his Department has made of the contribution of recreational sea angling to the North Devon economy;

(2) how many people resident in North Devon are employed in the North Devon recreational sea angling sector;

(3) how many recreational sea anglers are estimated to visit North Devon each year;

(4) what recent assessment he has made of the effect that Article 47 of the EU Proposal for the Monitoring of Recreational Fisheries would have on recreational sea angling.

A DEFRA-funded study carried out by Drew Associates into the economic impact of the recreational sea angling sector in England and Wales was published in 2004. This study estimated that 18,889 people were employed in the sector and that the total expenditure of anglers was £538 million per year. Although we do not have detailed data on angling activity in North Devon, the same report considered the principal locations for angling in that area and identified that there were 15 charter angling vessels in the North Devon and Bristol Channel area.

In England there are around 400 charter angling vessels that would require an authorisation under Article 47 of the draft EU proposal, plus an as yet unquantified number of privately owned vessels. As part of the process of negotiating this proposal, we shall be seeking clarification from the Commission on a number of issues relating to Article 47. Until we have that clarification it is difficult to assess accurately its potential impact on recreational sea angling. We shall be seeking stakeholders' views on these points and considering them in more detail in the impact assessment that my officials are drawing up and which we shall publish as part of the formal consultation procedure.

*** 27 Feb 09 ***

House of Commons debates

Thursday, 26 February 2009

Topical Questions
 Photo of Richard BenyonRichard Benyon (Shadow Minister, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs; Newbury, Conservative)

Recreational sea anglers have virtually no impact on the marine environment. In fact, they can be a great help in terms of our knowledge of fish stocks. Some 1.1 million sea anglers will welcome the EU Commissioner's row-back on plans to include the recreational catch in national quotas. Does the Minister accept that this issue will not go away until the Commissioner defines "recreational sea angler", and will he tell us what efforts he is making to bring closure on this ludicrous proposal?

I thank the hon. Gentleman for that question and, although we have met on other occasions in Committee before, I welcome him to his first DEFRA questions as an Opposition spokesman. He is right that this is an important issue. The angling fraternity in the UK is huge: it has an important function socially as well as economically, and its members are known for their environmental concerns. We share the concern about the need for an adequate definition of "recreational angling", as the definition applied in other EU member nations is not the same as the one that affects us here. We are actively engaged in work on this with the Commission, and I join the hon. Gentleman in welcoming the comments by Commissioner Jo Borg. We shall continue our work, and I welcome the hon. Gentleman's support in highlighting those concerns.

http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2009-02-24b.256986.h&s=angling

Written answers

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Angling

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the estimated size of the recreational fishing catch of each species was in the latest period for which information is available.

In 2007, anglers reported the capture of 19,884 salmon and 29,398 sea trout from rivers in England and Wales; many of these fish were released alive. There is no current requirement to report recreational catches for other freshwater or marine species, so it is not possible to estimate these reliably.

From 2009, under EU regulation 199/2008 relating to data collection, the UK will be required to sample recreational catches of cod and eels in the North sea and bass and eels in western waters. Some estimate of the recreational catches of these species will therefore be possible for these areas in the future.

http://www.theyworkforyou.com/sp/?id=2009-02-26.15307.0&s=angling#g15337.0

Scottish Parliament debates

Thursday, 26 February 2009

Photo of Elaine MurrayElaine Murray (Labour)

.................Like those respondents and others, we think that the purpose of the marine bill must be to ensure the recovery of the marine ecosystem. The purpose is not simply to conserve the ecosystem's current state of health and prevent it from getting worse, or indeed to ensure that we can continue to exploit the seas as we have become accustomed to doing.

In the consultation document, the Scottish Government claimed:

"The seas are generally healthy and biologically diverse".

The Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network responded to that claim:

"This of course is untrue when one considers the state of our inshore waters. Fish stocks around our coasts have collapsed ... Sustainable exploitation is NOT the answer, we need to REGENERATE the biodiversity of our inshore waters".

..........Under the UK Marine and Coastal Access Bill, sea fisheries committees will be replaced by inshore fisheries and conservation authorities for coastal waters out to 3 nautical miles. If the inshore fisheries group's membership in Scotland is restricted to commercial interests and the group has no input from organisations that have an interest in conservation and recreation, such as the Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network, we will not address the local depletion of many species that has happened during the past 20 years to the extent that there is local extinction in some places. ..............

Photo of Nanette MilneNanette Milne (Conservative)

.............Likewise, recreational sea-angling interests should have a strong voice in marine Scotland, as a healthy marine environment is crucial to the continuing future of an activity that makes a major financial contribution to the many coastal communities that depend on the business that visiting sea anglers create. We are concerned about the European Commission's article 47 proposals to regulate sea

angling and ask the Government to consider whether it can use the marine bill as a means of safeguarding recreational angling off the Scottish coastline from the Commission's potentially damaging plans.............

*** 15 Feb 09 ***

Written Answers Thursday 5 February 2009

Scottish Executive

Angling

John Scott (Ayr) (Con): To ask the Scottish Executive when the results of the study on economic impact of recreational sea angling will be published.

Holding answer issued: 3 February 2009

(S3W-20016)

Richard Lochhead: I anticipate that the results of the study will be published by Easter.

*** 05 Feb 09 ***

Written answers

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Environment Food and Rural Affairs

Common Fisheries Policy

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 22 January 2009, Official Report, column 1587W, on the Common Fisheries Policy,

(1) when he plans (a) to complete a detailed impact assessment of the proposals and (b) formally to consult on the proposals; and if will make a statement;

(2) when he plans to make a formal response to the Council of Ministers and the European Commission on Article 47 of the proposed Council Regulation establishing a community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy;

(3) with reference to the provisions of Article 47 of the proposed Council Regulation establishing a community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy, how much quota he plans to allocate to recreational sea anglers, broken down by species in each fishing area and expressed as a percentage of overall national quota; and if he will make a statement.

My officials are currently engaged in discussions with the EU presidency, the Commission and other member states over the detail of the Commission's proposal for a council regulation establishing a community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the common fisheries policy. As part of that discussion, officials will be asking the Commission for further clarification on the intent of article 47. Once we have that clarification, we will be able to better understand the potential impact of article 47 as drafted, including the implications for quota, and can then respond formally to the council. My intention is to consult on the proposal by the end of February. An initial impact assessment will form part of that consultation.

http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2009-02-04a.253428.h

Fisheries: Quotas

Photo of Richard BenyonRichard Benyon (Shadow Minister, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs; Newbury, Conservative) 

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the inclusion of recreational sea angling catches in national quota derives from recommendations of the Quota Management Change Programme.

No. The proposal to count recreational sea angling catches, in certain circumstances, against a member state's quota forms part of the recently published Commission proposal for a Council regulation establishing a community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the common fisheries policy. The UK Government had no discussions with the Commission prior to the publication of the proposal.

*** 28 Jan 09 ***

http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2009-01-27a.250838.h

Written answers

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Fishing: Licensing

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will estimate the cost to (a) boat owners and (b) recreational sea anglers of obtaining a licence under the proposals in Article 47 of the Commission's proposal for a Council Regulation establishing a Community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy, COM(2008) 721 final.

DEFRA shall be seeking stakeholders' views on these points which will be considered in more detail in the Impact Assessment that my officials are drafting, and which we shall publish as part of the formal consultation procedure.

*** 23 Jan 09 ***

Written answers

Thursday, 22 January 2009

Common Fisheries Policy

(1) what his estimate is of the number of boats in the UK that would require a licence or other form of authorisation to facilitate recreational fisheries under Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy;

(2) what the estimated cost is of implementing and enforcing Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy in the UK;

(3) what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the provisions of Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy on the marine environment; and if he will make a statement;

(4) what his estimate is of the number of people who will require a licence under the terms of Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy;

(5) what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the proposals under Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy on tourism; and if he will make a statement;

(6) what assessment he has made of the effects of the proposals in Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy on compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy; and if he will make a statement;

(7) what his assessment is of the likely effects on (a) the economy, (b) jobs and (c) the number of recreational sea anglers of the provisions of Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a Community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy; and if he will make a statement.

http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/?m=1750Huw Irranca-Davies (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Ogmore, Labour)

In England there are some 400 charter angling vessels that would require an authorisation under Article 47 of the proposal as currently drafted, plus an as yet unquantified number of privately owned vessels.

As part of the process of negotiating this proposal we shall be seeking clarification from the Commission on a number of issues relating to Article 47.

Until we have that clarification it is difficult accurately to assess its potential impact in the areas referred to in these questions.

We shall be seeking stakeholders views on these points and considering them in more detail in the impact assessment that my officials are drawing up and which we shall publish as part of the formal consultation procedure.

http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/?m=1679Bill Wiggin (Leominster, Conservative)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

(1) when (a) he and (b) his officials were consulted on the terms of Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy; and if he will make a statement;

(2) when he expects Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a Community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy to be (a) (i) discussed in and (ii) approved by the Council of Ministers and (b) implemented and transposed; and if he will make a statement.

Neither I nor my officials were consulted before the Commission published the current proposal on 17 November.

The proposal is scheduled for initial discussion by Ministers at the June Fisheries Council although I would not expect it to be approved then.

The proposal has an envisaged implementation date of 1 January 2010, subject to negotiation.

*** 16 Jan 09 *** 

Written answers

Thursday, 22 January 2009

Common Fisheries Policy

(1) what his estimate is of the number of boats in the UK that would require a licence or other form of authorisation to facilitate recreational fisheries under Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy;

(2) what the estimated cost is of implementing and enforcing Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy in the UK;

(3) what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the provisions of Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy on the marine environment; and if he will make a statement;

(4) what his estimate is of the number of people who will require a licence under the terms of Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy;

(5) what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the proposals under Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy on tourism; and if he will make a statement;

(6) what assessment he has made of the effects of the proposals in Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy on compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy; and if he will make a statement;

(7) what his assessment is of the likely effects on (a) the economy, (b) jobs and (c) the number of recreational sea anglers of the provisions of Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a Community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy; and if he will make a statement.

http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/?m=1750Huw Irranca-Davies (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Ogmore, Labour)

In England there are some 400 charter angling vessels that would require an authorisation under Article 47 of the proposal as currently drafted, plus an as yet unquantified number of privately owned vessels.

As part of the process of negotiating this proposal we shall be seeking clarification from the Commission on a number of issues relating to Article 47.

Until we have that clarification it is difficult accurately to assess its potential impact in the areas referred to in these questions.

We shall be seeking stakeholders views on these points and considering them in more detail in the impact assessment that my officials are drawing up and which we shall publish as part of the formal consultation procedure.

http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/?m=1679Bill Wiggin (Leominster, Conservative)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

(1) when (a) he and (b) his officials were consulted on the terms of Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy; and if he will make a statement;

(2) when he expects Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a Community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy to be (a) (i) discussed in and (ii) approved by the Council of Ministers and (b) implemented and transposed; and if he will make a statement.

Neither I nor my officials were consulted before the Commission published the current proposal on 17 November.

The proposal is scheduled for initial discussion by Ministers at the June Fisheries Council although I would not expect it to be approved then.

The proposal has an envisaged implementation date of 1 January 2010, subject to negotiation.

*** 16 Jan 09 *** 

Written answers

Thursday, 22 January 2009

Common Fisheries Policy

(1) what his estimate is of the number of boats in the UK that would require a licence or other form of authorisation to facilitate recreational fisheries under Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy;

(2) what the estimated cost is of implementing and enforcing Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy in the UK;

(3) what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the provisions of Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy on the marine environment; and if he will make a statement;

(4) what his estimate is of the number of people who will require a licence under the terms of Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy;

(5) what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the proposals under Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy on tourism; and if he will make a statement;

(6) what assessment he has made of the effects of the proposals in Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy on compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy; and if he will make a statement;

(7) what his assessment is of the likely effects on (a) the economy, (b) jobs and (c) the number of recreational sea anglers of the provisions of Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a Community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy; and if he will make a statement.

http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/?m=1750Huw Irranca-Davies (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Ogmore, Labour)

In England there are some 400 charter angling vessels that would require an authorisation under Article 47 of the proposal as currently drafted, plus an as yet unquantified number of privately owned vessels.

As part of the process of negotiating this proposal we shall be seeking clarification from the Commission on a number of issues relating to Article 47.

Until we have that clarification it is difficult accurately to assess its potential impact in the areas referred to in these questions.

We shall be seeking stakeholders views on these points and considering them in more detail in the impact assessment that my officials are drawing up and which we shall publish as part of the formal consultation procedure.

http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/?m=1679Bill Wiggin (Leominster, Conservative)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

(1) when (a) he and (b) his officials were consulted on the terms of Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy; and if he will make a statement;

(2) when he expects Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a Community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy to be (a) (i) discussed in and (ii) approved by the Council of Ministers and (b) implemented and transposed; and if he will make a statement.

Neither I nor my officials were consulted before the Commission published the current proposal on 17 November.

The proposal is scheduled for initial discussion by Ministers at the June Fisheries Council although I would not expect it to be approved then.

The proposal has an envisaged implementation date of 1 January 2010, subject to negotiation.

*** 16 Jan 09 *** 

Written answers

Thursday, 22 January 2009

Common Fisheries Policy

(1) what his estimate is of the number of boats in the UK that would require a licence or other form of authorisation to facilitate recreational fisheries under Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy;

(2) what the estimated cost is of implementing and enforcing Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy in the UK;

(3) what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the provisions of Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy on the marine environment; and if he will make a statement;

(4) what his estimate is of the number of people who will require a licence under the terms of Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy;

(5) what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the proposals under Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy on tourism; and if he will make a statement;

(6) what assessment he has made of the effects of the proposals in Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy on compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy; and if he will make a statement;

(7) what his assessment is of the likely effects on (a) the economy, (b) jobs and (c) the number of recreational sea anglers of the provisions of Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a Community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy; and if he will make a statement.

http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/?m=1750Huw Irranca-Davies (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Ogmore, Labour)

In England there are some 400 charter angling vessels that would require an authorisation under Article 47 of the proposal as currently drafted, plus an as yet unquantified number of privately owned vessels.

As part of the process of negotiating this proposal we shall be seeking clarification from the Commission on a number of issues relating to Article 47.

Until we have that clarification it is difficult accurately to assess its potential impact in the areas referred to in these questions.

We shall be seeking stakeholders views on these points and considering them in more detail in the impact assessment that my officials are drawing up and which we shall publish as part of the formal consultation procedure.

http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/?m=1679Bill Wiggin (Leominster, Conservative)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

(1) when (a) he and (b) his officials were consulted on the terms of Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy; and if he will make a statement;

(2) when he expects Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a Community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy to be (a) (i) discussed in and (ii) approved by the Council of Ministers and (b) implemented and transposed; and if he will make a statement.

Neither I nor my officials were consulted before the Commission published the current proposal on 17 November.

The proposal is scheduled for initial discussion by Ministers at the June Fisheries Council although I would not expect it to be approved then.

The proposal has an envisaged implementation date of 1 January 2010, subject to negotiation.

*** 16 Jan 09 *** 

Written answers

Thursday, 22 January 2009

Common Fisheries Policy

(1) what his estimate is of the number of boats in the UK that would require a licence or other form of authorisation to facilitate recreational fisheries under Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy;

(2) what the estimated cost is of implementing and enforcing Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy in the UK;

(3) what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the provisions of Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy on the marine environment; and if he will make a statement;

(4) what his estimate is of the number of people who will require a licence under the terms of Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy;

(5) what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the proposals under Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy on tourism; and if he will make a statement;

(6) what assessment he has made of the effects of the proposals in Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a community control system for ensuring complianc



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comment Comments (1 posted) 
  • Well Mr Shaw, please don't fob all of uswith the typical we are doing this for the stock as you aren,t. there was nothing in your decision that points the way to an improved stock for all. Quite the contary. It appears all of the mp's are asking the same question, were are the bigger fish going to come from? While we are at it, Mr Deas, your bass mate Mr Shaw, remember him, pointed out before the decision that he considers they way forward would be with a working party complete with the rsa as he has ideas of stock improvement. Can't hear a word from that quarter.
(Posted on November 6, 2007, 10:30 am barry luxton)


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