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“Lift the drift net ban” says ex Fisheries Minister

I don’t believe it! This morning on RTE Raidió na Gaeltachta, Pat “the Cope” Gallagher says that islanders should be exempt from fishing restrictions, in particular in realtion to the banning of drift nets for wild salmon.

If it wasn’t for the intransigence of Pat the Cope in ignoring the scientific advice given to him whilst he was Minister of Fisheries, we might still have a commercial fishery, and we might still be smoking wild salmon.

The text from RTE is as follows:

Call for end to islander fishing restrictions

Fishing communities based on islands off the coast of Ireland, ought to be exempt from fishing restrictions, according to Minister for State, Pat ‘the Cope’ Gallagher.

Speaking on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta this morning, Minister Gallagher said that the abolition of drift net salmon fishing, should be appealed.

He said that the amount of salmon caught by island fishermen, is very little, and hardly impacts on salmon conservation.

Minister Gallagher added that he will be recommending that island fishermen be allowed fish for salmon, as employment opportunities are a huge challenge for islanders.

[tags] salmon, drift nets, Pat “the Cope” Gallagher, wild samon[/tags]

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An interesting and welcome comment……

The following item shows some maturity in the fish farming world at last.  The other major item which conventional salmon farming needs to address urgently is the food which they feed the salmon with.  How long can the ocean’s eco system survive with the vast tonnage of  wild fish being extracted to turn into fish meal?

“Scotland’s “wild salmon interests” and angling organisations have welcomed the “unprecedented statement” by Marine Harvest’s major shareholder John Fredriksen reportedly acknowledging that ‘many salmon farms could be inappropriately sited’. The comments made in July by the Norwegian oil and shipping tycoon (the world’s 104th richest man, also a keen fly fisherman) include the following statement: “I am concerned about the future for wild salmon. Fish farming should not be allowed in fjords with salmon rivers.” The Scottish salmon angling community fast took note of what they qualify as a “ground-breaking declaration” that ‘no salmon farms should be located within any sea lochs into which salmon rivers discharge’. “This statement from one of the most influential players in the salmon farming industry confirms what many of us have been telling the industry and its regulators for so many years and which the evidence now supports – namely, that some salmon farming may be located in sites which are incompatible with the sustainable management of healthy populations of wild salmon and sea trout,” commented Andrew Wallace, Director of the Association of Salmon Fishery Boards and Policy Director of the Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland. “The challenge now is to identify these sensitive sites and to get them moved”. Roger Brook, chairman of the Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland (RAFTS), added that this “unequivocal acknowledgment” equated to stating that a “great majority of the marine farms are inappropriately located. We now eagerly await details of the industry’s plans to relocate the farms and indeed confirmation that the Executive is willing to support and facilitate such moves”. Meanwhile, the Norwegian Salmon Association (NSA) also welcomed the ‘brave comment’, and Irish anglers are also calling today (August 9th) the government to relocate some of the West of Ireland’s fish farms”

[tags]Marine Harvest, Norwegian Salmon Association, John Fredriksen, Salmon, Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland[/tags]

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The price of fish……

The UK Daily Telegraph’s Magazine section today carried an article by Rose Prince about Ummera and our position on the wild salmon situation this year. If you missed it, then it can be read here , although the online version is missing some of the photos (including one of me, headless!!).

As with any article, there is the odd howler! Rose writes about Jonathan “butchering” the salmon when clearly he is filleting them!

[tags]Daily Telegraph, wild salmon, Rose Prince, Argideen[/tags]