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The document was copied to the National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations
(NFFO) and English producer organisations as well as a number of other stakeholders, including a range of environmental groups. Similar consultations were carried out in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the proposals contained in the European Commission Communication Fishing Opportunities for 2008: Policy Statement from the European Commission (COM(2007) 295 final); and if he will make a statement. 
Jonathan Shaw: The statement does not contain any formal Commission proposals. These are not expected to emerge until later this month.
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the total amount of fish landed by the 10 metre and under fleet was in each fishery in each year since 1997, expressed in (a) tonnes and (b) as a percentage of the UK quota available for that fishery; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) what quota was allocated to the 10 metre and under fishing fleet in each year since 1997, broken down by fishing area, expressed in (a) tonnes and (b) a proportion of the total UK quota for that fishery area; and if he will make a statement. 
Jonathan Shaw: Information for 2006 is in Table 1. However, focusing on such an analysis can be misleading, as some of the quota stocks included are of little interest to inshore vessels. In addition, many of these vessels catch types of fish, such as crabs and scallops, which are not subject to quotas and they are thus not subject to the constraints on their activity that may be seen when targeting quota species. Figures for landings of non-quota stocks are included at the foot of the table and show that 20 per cent. of all landings by the UK 10 metre and under fleet are of quota stocks. In addition, the degree to which quota species are important for these vessels varies around the coast. Table 2 shows more detail for landings by 10 metre and under vessels administered from English ports, and shows that in some areas quota stocks make up a small proportion of the total value of fish landed by such vessels.
Similar results for earlier years could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
|Table 1: Stocks fished by the UK's 10 metre and under fleet( 1) , 2006|
|UK quota as at 31 December (tonnes)||10 metre and under fleet's quota as at 31 December (tonnes)||Percentage of UK quota||Landings by the 10 metre and under fleet (tonnes)||Percentage of UK quota|
|(1) Excludes vessels which are members of producer organisations.|
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