HL Deb 06 May 2004 vol 660 c136WA
Baroness Golding

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What progress has been made in implementing the recommendations of the salmon and freshwater fisheries review. [HL2575]

Lord Whitty

Parliamentary time for new salmon and freshwater fisheries legislation has not yet been obtained. None the less, the Government recognise that legislation is needed and remain committed to introducing such legislation when time permits.

However, a number of the salmon and freshwater fisheries review group report's recommendations, not requiring new primary legislation, have been implemented, including those on habitat improvements work, monitoring and research and development, establishment of a new national fish movements enforcement team, removal of the canal close season (except in areas of special conservation value) and actions to reduce exploitation of eels.