Richard Benyon Written Questions

2 Questions to Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs tabled by Richard Benyon


Date Title Questioner
8 Jan 2019, 12:04 p.m. Fisheries Richard Benyon

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information his Department holds on confidentiality agreements signed by the owners of vessels used by CEFAS in studying the effect of electric fishing in UK waters.

Answer (George Eustice)

Cefas confirm they do not have confidentiality agreements with the owners of the vessels concerned, nor do they feature in the standard tendering arrangements.

28 Dec 2018, 12:24 p.m. Fisheries Richard Benyon

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to publish the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science study on the effect of electric fishing in UK waters.

Answer (George Eustice)

The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) completed a desktop review on pulse technology entitled “The impacts of flatfish pulse trawling: evidence review, data gaps and future research”. The report is subject to a peer review process which is due to be completed by the end of December. The finalised report is therefore expected to be ready for publication early in the New Year.

We have also commissioned some original science for future research with a study including at-sea comparisons of pulse and conventional beam trawl impacts.