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5 December 2012
British Parliament - St Helena Fishing
British Overseas Territories in fight against illegal fishing

St Helena Question in Parliament


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On 4 December, a question was posed to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs concerning the British Overseas Territories.

The question was put forward by Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East, Labour):

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance the Government provides to the overseas territories to assist with monitoring and curbing illegal and unregulated fishing in marine areas in those territories.

This was answered by Mark Simmonds (Boston and Skegness, Conservative):

The British Government and overseas territories are fully committed to fighting illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing. Territory Governments already deploy sophisticated methods, including dedicated patrol vessels and satellite surveillance, to tackle such fishing.

The UK has a range of support in place, including: work to help territories strengthen their legislation and legal processes; funding the work of patrol vessels, such as that operating in British Indian Ocean territory; and. where appropriate, deploying Royal Navy vessels to conduct fishing inspections. The Government also recently provided for a dedicated fisheries patrol in St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.

 

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