Written Answers. - Fishing Fleet.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

158 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources the total number and tonnage of vessels currently operating in the fishing fleet and fishing in EU waters; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7739/01]

There are 1,285 vessels, with a total tonnage of 62,589 gross tonnes, in the fishing fleet and operating in EU waters. These figures are exclusive of vessels licensed to fish solely for bivalve molluscs, which are not covered under the multi-annual guidance programme in respect of the fishing fleet.