Prime Time program causes concern for Fishery Board

The South Western Regional Fishery Board is to write to the Broadcasting Complaints Commission expressing concern at its recent decision to reject a complaint by the board about a Prime Time programme. The programme, which was broadcast in February, included footage of illegal netting in Kerry, and claimed that poaching was rampant in the county. The Fishery Board had lodged the complaint with the Broadcasting Complaints Body, claiming that the programme was biased and grossly inaccurate.It had included footage of two men setting illegal, fixed nets in daylight. However the commission had rejected the complaint, saying that it was satisfied that all sides had been given an equal and fair right of reply. Speaking with Radio Kerry News earlier today, Fishery Board Manager, Aidan Barry said that he had been instructed by the board to write again to the commission expressing concern that the nature of its complaint had not been fully addressed in the commissions decision.Mr Barry said that RTE footage received by the board as a result of its complaint, clearly showed that the controversial filming had taken place after board officials had already been interviewed. Mr Barry said that footage, which includes extracts not used by RTE in the final programme, is now being examined by the board as part of an ongoing investigation, and a final report will be issued by the board shortly.