§ Mr. Bellingham
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many salmon were caught in England, Scotland and Wales during the season 1991 and the season 1992, by(a) rod and line, (b) commercial nets and (c) north-east coast drift net fishery.
§ Mr. Curry
[pursuant to the reply, 27 January 1993, column 719]: I regret that the catch statistics were prepared on different bases: those for England and Wales included grilse, but those for Scotland excluded grilse. The table provides reported catches of salmon and grilse for each country.
Reported catches of salmon and grilse in England, Scotland and Wales in 1991 by method of capture England Scotland Wales Rod and line 9,452 62,450 4,522 Commercial nets1 34,631 76,351 3,044 (of which NE coast drift nets) (22,463) Total 44,083 138,801 7,566 1Includes reported catches of salmon by all methods other than by rod and line.