HC Deb 28 February 1910 vol 14 cc585-6

asked the Chief Secretary what action the Department of Agriculture proposed to take by regulation or by effective sea patrol to prevent the continued losses of the fishermen of Antrim, Derry, and Donegal through the depredations of steam trawlers in the estuary of the Foyle?


The Department have already made regulations prohibiting steam trawling in the locality referred to, and enforce them so far as the means at their disposal permit. Their steamer "Helga" has repeatedly visited the district during the past three months, and the "Granuaile," whose master is empowered to enforce the regulations, has also been along the coast. If local fishermen or others will furnish particulars of any case of illegal trawling, the Department will at once take such action as may be possible.