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MARINE FISHERIES AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENFORCEMENT ARRANGEMENTS IN ENGLAND AND WALES

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UK fisheries minister Ben Bradshaw today announced that the ...
UK fisheries minister Ben Bradshaw today announced that the

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

Assembly government.

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.

Notes

1. The review will report to UK fisheries minister Ben Bradshaw and

Welsh Assembly Minister for environment, planning and countryside

Carwyn Jones.

2. Further information on the review will be placed in the fisheries

section of the Defra website shortly:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/fish/fishindx.htm

3. A further more detailed request for comments will be sent out

shortly.

4. Meanwhile, comments on both the scope and content of the review

should be sent to:

James Bradley

Fisheries Enforcement Review

Fisheries

Room 6

Whitehall Place East

London

SW1A 2HH

Email: James.Bradley@defra.gsi.gov.uk

Comments by 30 November, 2003.

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