Fisheries Protection

Beaumaris Town Councl made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority

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Beaumaris Town Councl

Dear North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority,

Until April 2010 your Authority (or its predecessors) was responsible for operating fisheries protection vessels in Welsh waters.

For the years 2008/09 and 2009/10 we would like to know:

1. Where were the vessels based.
2. For the years 2008/09 and 2009/10 how much time did those vessels spent at sea on active patrol in Welsh waters (as opposed to moored in harbour or training).
3. What proportion of these patrol hours was during the night.
4. How many incidents were attended in SACs rather than unprotected waters and what proportion is this of total investigated incidents.

The Council's primary interest at this stage is in instances of illegal/unlicensed fishing activity. So by incident I mean occasions when a fishing vessel was intercepted/investigated. I would anticipate that these incidents might arise from:

* A suspicion on the part of the crew
* Intelligence
* Reported suspicious activity (e.g. by the public)
* Routine inspections

At this stage the Council is interested in overall number of
incidents rather than a breakdown by type.

Yours faithfully,

Professor Trevor Ashenden
Town Clerk
Beaumaris Town Councl

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office, North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority

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Dear Prof Ashenden,

 

FOI  request 29-9-12.

 

NWIFCA responds to your request as follows:

 

1. Colwyn Bay, Conwy, Llyn, Cardigan Bay,

2. This data is held by Welsh Government

3. This data is held by Welsh Government

4. This data if it exists is held by the Welsh Government. I do not recall
that the NWNWSFC collected data in a form which would answer this
question.

 

All incident reports for that period are now held by the Welsh Government.
Summary data was published to the Committee and on the website in
quarterly reports. The Clerk will attach sections of the relevant reports
which may be of interest.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Dr Stephen Atkins, CEO,

North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NWIFCA)

1 Preston Street, Carnforth LA5 9BY UK

++ 1524 727970

[1]www.nw-ifca.gov.uk

 

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From: Beaumaris Town Councl
[mailto:[FOI #131316 email]]
Sent: Sat 29/09/2012 21:38
To: office
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Fisheries Protection

     Dear North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority,
    
     Until April 2010 your Authority (or its predecessors) was
     responsible for operating fisheries protection vessels in Welsh
     waters.
    
     For the years 2008/09 and 2009/10 we would like to know:
    
     1. Where were the vessels based.
     2. For the years 2008/09 and 2009/10 how much time did those
     vessels spent at sea on active patrol in Welsh waters (as opposed
     to moored in harbour or training).
     3. What proportion of these patrol hours was during the night.
     4. How many incidents were attended in SACs rather than unprotected
     waters and what proportion is this of total investigated incidents.
    
     The Council's primary interest at this stage is in instances of
     illegal/unlicensed fishing activity. So by incident I mean
     occasions when a fishing vessel was intercepted/investigated. I
     would anticipate that these incidents might arise from:
    
     * A suspicion on the part of the crew
     * Intelligence
     * Reported suspicious activity (e.g. by the public)
     * Routine inspections
    
     At this stage the Council is interested in overall number of
     incidents rather than a breakdown by type.
    
     Yours faithfully,
    
     Professor Trevor Ashenden
     Town Clerk
     Beaumaris Town Councl
    
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Beaumaris Town Councl

Dear Dr Atkins

Thank you for your most helpful and comprehensive reply it provides the information we required and gives a most helpful insight into how inshore fisheries protection was organised before the transfer to the Welsh Government.

Yours sincerely,

Prof Trevor Ashenden
Town Clerk
Beaumaris Town Councl