Colr. backs ‘No to salmon nets’ campaign

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Limavady councillor James McCorkell has revealed he is backing the “No to Salmon nets in Irish waters” campaign.

“Limavady Borough, the North Coast and indeed the Foyle estuary has a vested interest in this matter and I would encourage everyone to get behind the campaign,” said the DUP man. “This is a group of anglers from across Northern Ireland, opposed to DCAL issuing the licenses for drift nets and commercial salmon fishing off the coast of the north east of Ireland.”

“They have an ongoing campaign which they have taken to Stormont in recent weeks and also have a Facebook page in which they have outlined their cause and in which they give detail on the damage these drift nets cause to salmon stock.”

Colr. McCorkell said Minister for Culture Arts and Leisure, Caral Ni Chuilin had become “embroiled in a debate over whether nets men or anglers kill more salmon”.

“In her latest statement she has also announced a ‘Catch and Release Only’ directive for those fishing in public angling estate waters’. This directive, while it may be useful if combined with an outright and lengthy ban on nets, has done nothing but cause anger and dismay among the Northern Ireland angling community. Does the Minister seriously think that anglers do more damage to salmon stock than these lucrative drift nets do?,” he said. “The message to the Minister is clear – ban the nets and ban them NOW.”