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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the catch of salmon and grilse by licensed drift neeting off the North-East Coast of England for 1968, 1969 and 1970 and his provisional estimate for 1971, respectively.
Mr. Anthony Stodart
River authority licences in this area permit the use of various types of net, so it is not possible to give precise catches by drift nets. However the total catches of salmon and grilse by licensed nets off the Northumbrian and Yorkshire River Authorities' areas was 27,000 fish in 1968, 53,000 in 1969 and 100,000 in 1970.I cannot yet give a reliable estimate of the 1971 catch, but preliminary information suggests that it may be about the 1969 level.