Thursday, 10 February 2000
Dáil Eireann Debate
64. Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources the fishing grounds most regularly frequented by Irish fishermen together with foreign registered fishing vessels; the extent, if any, of depletion of fish stock, by species, in these waters; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3865/00]
Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources (Mr. Fahey): The fishing areas most regularly frequented by Irish and foreign fishing vessels are detailed in the Marine Institute publication The Stock Book, a copy of which will be forwarded to the Deputy. The publication includes details of landings by participating fleets, on a stock by stock basis together with assessments of the state of those stocks.
65. Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources the position in respect of fish stock in Irish waters; the degree, if any, to which these stocks have been depleted in recent years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3866/00]
Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources (Mr. Fahey): I have forwarded to the Deputy the up to date assessment by the Marine Institute which comprehensively analyses the state of fish stocks in Irish waters. The analysis confirms that a number of key stocks are heavily exploited and in some cases severely depleted.
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