Thursday, 12 May 2011
Dáil Éireann Debate
24. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources if he will make a statement on the fact that the number of salmon being caught by rod and line on the River Laune, County Kerry is still dwindling in spite of the fact that the draft nets have been removed from the sea in order to allow salmon stock to increase and private draft nets on the river at Killorglin were limited to four days per week. [7608/11]
Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Pat Rabbitte): As the Deputy may be aware the Standing Scientific Committee advised that stocks of salmon in the River Laune are above its conservation level in 2011 and the Total Allowable Catch specified in the Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme (No. 2) Regulations, 2010 (SI No.665, 2010) for the River is 5,962. In common with many rivers in the South West fishing on the River Laune is weather dependent. According to Inland Fisheries Ireland, weather conditions in 2010 were such that the days on which an angler could fish were limited. In light of this, I am advised that the preliminary catch figure of 1256 fish for 2010 is in fact reasonably good (the final verified catch figure for the Laune will be published later this year by Inland Fisheries Ireland in its annual catch statistic report).
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