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Fishing: Drift Netting

Volume 688: debated on Tuesday 23 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What impact the recent announcement by the Government of the Republic of Ireland that drift netting is to end off the Irish coast will have on the netting regime under the jurisdiction of the Irish cross-border Loughs Agency. [HL1180]

The Loughs Agency is in the process of developing its policy on mixed-stock fisheries, taking account of the policy operated in the Republic of Ireland. The Loughs Agency is currently consulting stakeholders. When it formalises its policy, this will be subject to the approval of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure as the department responsible for salmon policy in Northern Ireland.