Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is to
review marine fisheries and environmental enforcement arrangements in
England and Wales.
Speaking at the annual meeting of the Association of Sea Fisheries
Committees of England and Wales, Mr Bradshaw said:
'Enforcement is one of the ways we can work towards a sustainable and
viable fishing industry and marine environment for future
generations. The work of this review will be vitally important in
informing how we carry out this work in the future.
'This review will examine the arrangements for marine enforcement and
other tasks currently undertaken in England and Wales by the Sea
Fisheries Inspectorate, Sea Fisheries Committees and other agencies.
'I will also expect the review to make recommendations on the future
organisation and structure of enforcement activities in light of
anticipated fisheries and environmental requirements.'
The review will take account of recommendations in the National Audit
Office Report on Fisheries Enforcement in England and (when
available) the response of the Public Accounts Committee to that
report, along with the report of the prime minister's Strategy Unit
which is due later this year.
The first stage of the review will analyse the range of current and
potential tasks, including:
- Identifying all the enforcement and related activities which arise
from EU and national legislation;
- Describing the relationship between fisheries and environmental
responsibilities in the light of current initiatives such as the
review of marine nature conservation;
- Describing the enforcement and management activities undertaken in
relation to both fisheries and wider marine environmental
responsibilities by fisheries and other organisations, including
resources, budgetary costs and financing arrangements;
- Identify ing the strengths and weaknesses of the present
arrangements which will need to be addressed in the review of
models of delivery.
The second stage will consider the different options for delivery,
including the range of tasks to be carried out, and how and where
they should be located and managed. Consideration of the options and
appropriate delivery methods for Wales will be matters for the Welsh
Interested organisations will be invited to contribute to the review
by an extensive consultation process.
The review is expected to report by 31 March, 2004.
1. The review will report to UK fisheries minister Ben Bradshaw and
Welsh Assembly Minister for environment, planning and countryside
2. Further information on the review will be placed in the fisheries
section of the Defra website shortly:
3. A further more detailed request for comments will be sent out
4. Meanwhile, comments on both the scope and content of the review
should be sent to:
Fisheries Enforcement Review
Whitehall Place East
Comments by 30 November, 2003.