Islands report calls for ban on salmon fishing to be reconsidered

A report that sets out a three-year survival plan for Donegal’s offshore islands has called for a ban on salmon fishing to be reconsidered.

The report was launched on Arranmore island today by Minister of State and Donegal TD Dinny McGinley.

It claims scientists agree there is a surplus of wild salmon in the Atlantic and that island fishermen should have access to 10 per cent of that surplus.

It also calls for an easing of regulations that would allow island fishermen to fish other species within a 12-mile limit using traditional methods. Since 2006 they have only been able to fish lobster and brown crab.

Donegal South-West Deputy, Dinny McGinley says the Government and Europe will now have to look at reconsidering the salmon fishing ban.....

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