HC Deb 04 May 1906 vol 156 cc850-1

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that the Conservators of Fisheries of the Letter kenny district propose to prohibit the use of drift nets for the capture of salmon of a greater length than 400 yards, and also the use of such nets within three miles of the shores; whether he is aware that at least 1,600 fishermen, with † See col. 740. nets of the estimated value of £8,000, are engaged in this fishery; and whether, in view of the injury which these by-laws, and especially the first mentioned, would cause to this industry, he proposes to take any steps in the matter.

(Answered by Mr. Bryce.) The Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction have received applications that they should make by-laws limiting the use of drift nets for salmon off the North-west Coast of Ireland. The Department, however, will not make the by-laws in question without full and exhaustive public inquiry. The Conservators have no power to make bye-laws.