Welcome for salmon conservation measures - Ó hOisín
Sinn Féin MLA and member of the Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure, Cathal Ó hOisín, has welcomed the undertaking by the Culture, Art and Leisure Minister, Carál Ní Chuilín, to conserve wild salmon stocks.
Speaking today Mr Ó hÓisin said:
"The measure outlined today by the Culture, Arts and Minister to protect and conserve our wild salmon stocks is to be welcomed.
“Anglers have already been encouraged to take voluntary measures by the Department and both commercial and recreational anglers have taken proactive steps themselves in order to help preserve stocks throughout 2012.
“Further to this the measures outlined, including the bringing forward of legislation aimed at the cessation of commercial netting for wild salmon and the mandatory catch and release in DCAL waters will, it is hoped, help save an ever decreasing stock of wild salmon in our rivers.
“This can only be a beneficial move. The preserving of such stocks, in order to help them recover in the future, is essential and will in the long term benefit both the commercial and recreational aspects of the industry.”