§ Mr. Jackson
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he will consider reintroducing the use of nets for the catching of salmon in rivers where this was a practice in the past, in order to increase the supplies available to the public and to reduce the present price at which this fish is at present being sold?
The hon. Member's suggestion would necessitate the abrogation of the existing by-laws prohibiting netting for salmon in non-tidal waters, which have been made by fishery boards with the object of preserving the salmon breeding stock. There has been no evidence of a general demand for the removal of the prohibition which would be likely to deplete breeding stock without appreciably adding to the food supply for the population generally.