Salmon fishing ban reversal would see Donegal islands repopulated

A spokesperson for Donegal's Islands has welcomed Deputy Dinny McGinley's reaction to a report that sets out a three year survival plan for the islands.

The report, which was launched yesterday on Arranmore Island, has called for a ban on salmon fishing to be reconsidered.

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 islands spokesperson, Jerry Early, says if the ban on salmon fishing was lifted, then the islands populations would increase:

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