HC Deb 12 February 1897 vol 46 c267

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that a number of steam and sailing trawl boats fish continuously in Bantry Bay, and seriously injure the fishing grounds; and, whether in view of the fact that hundreds of the families of trammel net fishermen are mainly dependent for their livelihood on the fishing industry, he will prohibit steam trawling within the headlands of Bantry Bay, and the time for sailing trawl boat fishing limited to a period from 1st January to 1st August in each year


Steam and sailing trawlers do fish Bantry Bay occasionally, but the Inspectors of Fisheries have no reason to believe that there is any systematic violation of the existing by-laws regulating this mode of fishing. The Inspectors propose, as soon as the business of their department will permit, to hold an inquiry into the general state of the fisheries in Bantry Bay.