Skip to main content
Normal View

Dáil Éireann debate -
Wednesday, 14 Jun 2000

Vol. 521 No. 2

Written Answers. - Salmon Fishing Licences.

Michael Bell


65 Mr. Bell asked the Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources if he has had investigations made into or secured detailed information regarding the buy-out system for salmon fisherman licences operating in Greenland and the Faroes; if he has or is considering a buy-out system for drift or drift nets licence holders; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16373/00]

I have requested the National Salmon Commission, among a number of priorities, to analyse and advise me on all the options for incentivising the reduction of commercial salmon fishing effort. In considering the very complex issues inherent in buy-out strategies in particular, the commission will be informed by experience elsewhere as well as the specific factors which apply in the Irish context.

My Department is currently providing co-funding in respect of two pilot schemes for "set-aside". Both of these schemes are at catchment level and I have requested the regional fisheries boards to encourage the various players in their regions and catchments to develop further similar pilot projects based on consensus and local contribution.