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North-East Drift Net Fishery

Volume 81: debated on Monday 17 June 1985

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what has led him to conclude that the catch from the north-east drift net fishery does not represent a threat to Scottish salmon stocks.

My fisheries scientists, in a report published in 1982, estimated that the effect of the north east drift net fishery on the numbers of salmon caught on Scottish east coast rivers from the Tweed to the Ugie was approximately 6ยท4 per cent., while the effect on total salmon stocks in those rivers would have been less. Continuing work by the scientists has provided no evidence to suggest that the north east fishery represents a threat to Scottish salmon stocks.