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Introduction to Fisheries
The UK has an important sea fish industry with one of the largest fishing fleets and fish processing industries in Europe. Freshwater fisheries is also a major leisure industry in our rural areas. In the UK Defra is the lead department for fisheries and so our Directorate has a major role in EU and international negotiations, as well as in managing and implementing fisheries policy.
Sustainability lies at the heart of Defra's aim and objectives. Sustainable use of fisheries - economically, environmentally and socially - is central to our work. It is vital both to secure the future for our fisheries industries and to contribute to national and global environmental objectives.
Fish stocks are national and international resources that have to be husbanded carefully. If we lose them from over-fishing, they may take many years to regenerate. We also have to protect all marine species from sea pollution which could wreck their ecology.
Our pages on fisheries information are divided into the following subject areas:
What's new - latest significant changes and updates.
Sea fisheries - general overview of sea fisheries policy, including information on and for the UK fishing industry.
Fish farming - information and reports on the schemes available to the fish farming sector, including aquaculture and on fish/shellfish health.
Salmon and freshwater fisheries - information on the controls on the volume and methods of inland fisheries in England and Wales.
Whales and dolphins - information about what we are doing to protect these important species.
|Page last modified: 9 March 2006|
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