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Salmon (Drift Netting)

Volume 927: debated on Monday 7 March 1977

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when he expects to publish the result of his Department's studies into the effect of drift netting for salmon.

Conditions in 1976 were not typical and reliable conclusions could not be drawn from the experiments conducted in the area of the North East drift net fishery. At a meeting last November representatives of the Salmon and Trout Association were given an outline of the results obtained and were told that the Ministry had decided to repeat the programme this year. A fuller account of the work undertaken in 1976 is being sent to the association and other interested bodies, and I am arranging for a copy of this to be sent to the hon. Member.