HL Deb 10 May 2004 vol 661 cc14-5WA
Lord Moynihan

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What progress has been made towards implementing the Moran committee report on the review of salmon and freshwater fisheries, published in 2000. [HL2607]

Lord Whitty

The response of the Moran committee to the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Review Group report was considered in formulating the Government's response to the report, which accepted the large majority of the review group's recommendations.

Parliamentary time has not yet been found for new salmon and freshwater fisheries legislation. Nonetheless, the Government recognise that legislation is needed and remain committed to introducing such legislation when time permits.

In the mean time, a number of the recommendations of the review group, 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.

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