Minister seeks views on salmon conservation
Fisheries Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has announced a public consultation on wild Atlantic salmon conservation in the DCAL jurisdiction.
~ Monday, 30 April 2012
The 10-week consultation begins on May 1. It sets out a number of options on the future of commercial and recreational salmon fishing.
The Minister said: “Earlier in the year, I made clear that our wild salmon are in serious decline and face the real threat of extinction. Since then, I have introduced voluntary conservation measures for commercial and recreational fishermen to address this ongoing issue.
“As the latest stage in this process, I have announced a public consultation. This is a key part of the effort to conserve an iconic species. As we embark upon this exercise, I reiterate my call for partnership – from commercial netsmen, anglers and the wider population.
“The views of stakeholders and the public, together with other important considerations such as scientific evidence, will inform the development of salmon conservation policy and any legislation required to underpin this.
“I would urge all interested parties to make their opinions known – the more input we get the more complete a picture we will have of the public’s views on this matter.
“Salmon conservation is an issue which has already been the subject of ongoing debate and discussion. However it is vital that the public look at the proposals put forward in the consultation and make their feelings known.”
Notes to editors:
1. The consultation can be accessed online at: DCAL Salmon Conservation Consultation.
For those without internet access copies can also been obtained from: Inland Fisheries Group, Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Causeway Exchange 1-7 Bedford Street Belfast BT2 7EG. Telephone: 028 9051 5063.
2. Media enquiries should be addressed to the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure Press Office Tel (028) 9051 5047 or email: DCAL Press Offcie. Out of office hours please contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07699 715 440 and your call will be returned