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Fish Stocks

Volume 113: debated on Wednesday 1 April 1987

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what measures he has recently taken to maintain and improve fish stocks in the risers of England and Wales.

Responsibility for maintaining, improving and developing salmon, eel and freshwater fisheries in the rivers of England and Wales, as well as for regulating those fisheries, is placed on the water authorities under the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act 1975. The Government recently took steps to add to the effectiveness of the legislative framework within which the water authorities perform these duties through those sections of the Salmon Act 1986 which apply to England and Wales. They also established the salmon advisory committee earlier this year to examine and advise Ministers on matters relating to the conservation and development of salmon fisheries in England and Wales as well as in Scotland.