Peter Aldous seeks confirmation of the reallocation of fishing quota to active, small-scale fishermen

4th February 2016

Peter Aldous seeks assurance that the Government will reallocate fishing quote from those who hold it only as an investment to active, small-scale fishermen.

Peter Aldous (Waveney) (Con): Will the Minister confirm that the Government will reallocate fishing quota from those who hold it only as an investment to active, small-scale fishermen such as those who fish out of Lowestoft, who bring real benefits to their local community?

The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (George Eustice): My hon. Friend will be aware that we had a manifesto commitment to rebalance quotas, and we have already commenced that this year, with the quota uplift that comes with the introduction of the landing obligation. We have made it clear that we will give the first 100 tonnes, and 10% thereafter, to the under-10 metres, and this year it will give them an extra 1,000 tonnes of fish.

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