Memorandum submitted by the Chief Executive,
Wyre Borough Council (T15)
I am writing in reply to your letter dated 5
April 2001 and apologise for the delay in replying which was due
to my awaiting a response from the Fleetwood Fish Forum, following
its recent meeting.
The views I detail below have been expressed
to the Minister, Mr Elliot Morley MP, on several occasions by
representatives of the Fleetwood Fish Forum.
The Forum agrees with the cod recovery programmes
which are now in force in the Irish Sea, West of Scotland and
the North Sea, but feels that it should be extended to include
all species which are being fished outside of safe biological
limits. The Forum also feels that the beam trawlers in the Irish
Sea should be included in the cod recovery programmes, as they
are in the North Sea. Evidence has proved that these vessels have
a significant catch of cod and juvenile fish.
The Forum has also raised the issue of excessive
horsepower of some vessels in our breeding and nursery grounds.
No recovery programme will benefit fish stocks unless there is
a gradual levelling down period of horsepower to acceptable levels,
as agreed by CEFAS scientists.
Considering that the majority of the English
fleet consists mainly of older vessels, the Forum finds it increasingly
critical for the future of the fishing industry to introduce a
"scrap and build" policy and so encourage our fishermen
The satellite monitoring of fishing vessels
should be extended to include vessels down to 16 metres, as these
vessels represent a major contribution to fishing effort. Designated
ports should be enforced to cover all fish which is being transhipped
outside of the member state as it is becoming increasingly evident
that this practice needs to be more closely monitored to prevent
I hope these comments will provide useful for
the Committee's session next week and I look forward to receiving
feedback in due course.
1 May 2001