Drift net fishing may be main cause of decline in salmon stocks

Drift net fishing off Kerry and Cork is said to be the main cause of the crisis in wild salmon stocks around the country. Patsy Peril a member of Shannon Fishery Board says driftnet fishermen in the two counties are decimating stocks in rivers because their quota for wild salmon catches are double what they should be. New data on the dramatic decline in wild salmon in Irish rivers is the result of a tagging system introduced recently whereby all wild salmon caught by rod or net anglers have to be tagged and logged. A meeting of the salmon commission is taking place in Dublin tomorrow, to discuss the salmon takes for 2005 and decisions on quota’s are to be reached.