Pressure for return of drift nets

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This month’s Marine Times has a 2 page spread outlining the case put  to the Joint  Committee of Agriculture, Marine and Natural Resources  hearing on  the impact of fishing restrictions on the  the Islands. There is a much longer report on the Committe’s website. The fundamental argument is that “traditional” island based communities should be allowed resume drift netting for salmon on a controlled basis. Any such a move to return  mixed stock commercial fishing would be disastrous for the Salmon stocks and be entirely contrary to scientific advice. Significant numbers of salmon bound for the East coast not to mention France, Spain and the UK were caught off the west and north west islands when the drift nets were in place.