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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S2W-32449
Asked by: Fergus Ewing, Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber, Scottish National Party
Date lodged: 16 March 2007

Question

To ask the Scottish Executive how much time per annum is spent by each Scottish fishery patrol vessel in patrolling fishing grounds, also broken down into the time spent in each ICES (International Council for the Exploration of the Sea) square.

Current status: Answered by Ross Finnie on 29 March 2007


Answer

Fishery Protection Vessels (FPVs)operated by the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency spent a total of 1,117 dayspatrolling the fishing grounds in 2006.

A record of the time spent by individualFPVs in each International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) statisticalrectangle is not held centrally. The information requested could be estimated throughan analysis of available satellite monitoring data but only at a disproportionatecost. However, a record of the time spent patrolling fishing grounds in 2006 atthe next aggregated level, ICES sub area, is kept and is given in the followingtable broken down by each FPV:

FPV

ICES sub areas

Total

IIA

IVA

IVB

VB

VIA

VIB

VIIA

Jura

0.5

164.5

64

0

23.5

0.5

0.5

253.5

Minna

0.5

71.5

16

1.5

217.5

0

0

307

Norna

0

20.5

8

0.5

231

19.5

1

280.5

Vigilant

1

171

35.5

0.5

56.5

11

0.5

276

Total

2

426.5

123.5

2.5

528.5

31

2

1117