Written Answers. - Fish Exports.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

163 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources the number and location of countries to which Ireland now exports various species of fish, processed and unprocessed to final stages; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7744/01]

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

164 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources the number of countries from whence Ireland imports fish; the amount of imports by species; if these imports are processed or unprocessed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7745/01]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 163 and 164 together.

Ireland is a net exporter of fisheries products and exports outweigh imports both in quantity and value terms. I am arranging for a comprehensive report by BIM on both exports and imports of fishery products, covering the period 1995-99, to be forwarded to the Deputy. The report also details export and import trends up to October 2000.