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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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