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River Roe (Restocking)

Volume 80: debated on Friday 14 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will publish in the Official Report an account of the steps taken to restock the River Roe and its tributary the Owenreagh River after the accidental poisoning of the river and the annual costs of the restocking programme to date, and if he will indicate the success of the programme and whether the insect and fish life has yet recovered.

[pursuant to his reply, 12 June 1985, c. 478] Following the accidental chemical spillage from Caugh Hill water treatment works in 1982, a biological survey was carried out and an extensive electro-fishing survey was jointly undertaken by the Department of Agriculture for Northern Ireland and the Foyle Fisheries Commission, in the light of the information from these and subsequent surveys, the following fish stocks have been placed in the Rivers Roe and Owenreagh.

19831984
Salmon:
Eyed ova118,000
Under 1 year old56,300

19831984
Over 1 year old30,00015,000

Brown Trout:

Under 1 year old20,000
Over 2 years old4001,200

The cost of this restocking was as follows:

£
1982–8320.218
1983–8425,233
1984–85754

197919801981198219831984
Applications4,3894.3623,6394,2973,7144,011
Granted4,1224,0683,2793,9203,3783,698
Refused267294360377336313
Renewals19,12114,20129,70421,68517.01630,066
Granted19,02914,12229,62621,60816,93729,978
Refused927978777988
Variations10,2788,9349,1409,2467,7488,574
Granted9,9478,5478,7508,8077,3598,109
Refused331387390439389465