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Fishing: Drift Nets

Volume 690: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Why they have allowed drift-net fishing off Strathy Point to continue. [HL2340]

The fishery at Strathy Point operates bag nets, not drift nets. Drift-net fishing has been unlawful in Scotland since 1962. However, the lease of the salmon fishery at Strathy expires in November 2007, and the Scottish Executive, who own the fishing rights at Strathy, have decided not to renew the lease.