HC Deb 19 March 1906 vol 154 c64

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been called to the damage caused to the salmon fishing industry in the vicinity of Youghal, county Cork, by the numbers of seals which frequent Youghal Bay; and whether steps will be taken with a view to the abatement of the nuisance.

(Answered by Mr. Bryce.) The attention of the Department of Agriculture has been drawn to the damage done by seals to the salmon fisheries in Youghal Bay and harbour. The local Board of Conservators give rewards for the destruction of seals, and about a dozen such rewards have been given during the past few years. The Department will communicate with the conservators with the object of bringing about an abatement of the evil.