HC Deb 22 July 1907 vol 178 cc1183-4
MR. BARRIE (Londonderry, N.)

I beg to ask the Vice-President of the Department of Agriculture (Ireland) whether, when the entrance to Lough Foyle was last visited by the fishery steamer, two trawlers were caught inside the legal limit, and have since been convicted and fined; whether he is aware that illegal trawling continues on an extensive scale off the Northern Coast; and whether he can make arrangements for a more frequent and effective patrol than has hitherto been given to this district.


The Department's cruiser "Helga" captured a steam trawler fishing within prohibited limits off the mouth of Lough Foyle on 5th June. She had visited the locality several times since, and, on the 23rd of the same month, captured another steam vessel illegally trawling. No reports of illegal trawling have since been received by the Department from the neighbourhood in question. During the month of June the "Helga" patrolled the Northern Coast on nine different days or nights.