2006 Salmon Quotas announced – a good day for the salmon

The newly appointed Minister of Marine, John Browne TD, has announced that he is adopting the recommendations of the National Salmon Commission.

The full announcement can be read at: Minister’s Announcement

Ummera welcomes the contents of this announcement as it at last gives some encouragement to those who have been concerned about the dramatically declining stocks of wild salmon in Irish waters. 

It will undoubtedly have a serious impact on our business from next year, but I would prefer that than see salmon stocks declining to the point of extinction. I am sure that there will be wild salmon available in the future for us to smoke, but it may take several years before it can make a viable business. In the meantime, we are much encouraged by the response to our smoked organic salmon, our smoked chicken and smoked dry cured bacon rashers.

There has been far too much hot air and unsubstantiated statements from both sides, and both anglers and commercial fishermen are as guilty as each other. I trust that the anglers will not now cheer at the sufferings of the drift netsmen; they have to remember that, for the anglers, it is a hobby, but for the netsmen, it is part of their livelihood. For the drift netsmen, they must accept that they are part of the reason why stocks have declined so much recently – not the sole reason, but still an important part; those 100,000 fish that will be spared the net next year and thereafter will provide the basis on which our salmon stocks will start to grow once again.

The anglers have now to demonstrate their belief in conservation, by ensuring that catch and release is practiced wherever and whenever as witness of their concern for salmon stocks, especially in those rivers which are deemed to have stocks below the conservation limit.

A good day for the salmon – at long last.



5 Responses to “2006 Salmon Quotas announced – a good day for the salmon”

  1. Dan Woodford Says:

    Interesting reading. Thanks for posting this. Making decisions about whether to work with (or eat) wild fish is difficult. I am currently ploughing through ‘The End of the Line’ and am finding it grim reading.

    Reading the figures quoted one can’t help wonder if it’s too little too late.

  2. Dan Woodford Says:

    Also, just read this.

    Similar constraints on the West coast of the US. Seems that the writer is a little less concerned about the state of wild salmon than we are over here.

  3. ummera Says:

    Last night the Irish Minister of Marine said on RTE News that he had not said that drift netting would go but that the ‘Expert and Highly Qualified’ committee would advise him by the end of August as to what he should do. Once again a politician backs out of making a real contribution to saving the salmon.
    ‘The End of the Line’ does make pretty depressing reading, but there are glimmers of hope – and I thought we had a glimmer yesterday.
    Try reading ‘King of Fish, The Thousand Year Run of the Salmon’ by David R. Montomery. Nothing is really new, and the salmon has survived amazingly well over countless years, but Man is incredible!

  4. Dan Woodford Says:

    Thanks for the tip. I’ll add it to the list.

  5. Conor O'Neill Says:

    Let’s hope they don’t lose their nerve.

    I remember talking to someone about this and their point was about the huge amount of tourism income being lost due to the dereliction of many previously active river fishing spots caused by the drift netting.

    Yes it is a tough on those fishermen but we cannot protect just one small group to the detriment of everyone else who depends on salmon for their livlihood.

    It was also tough on my grand-uncle when blacksmithing disappeared and it is very tough at the moment on those who have relied for so long on sugar beet to see the whole industry disappear (Kieran Murphy wonders how many will try and go the organic route). But that is the way of things. We all have to adapt to the world as it changes.

    I’m sure the smart drift-netters will use their great knowledge of fishing, fish and that way of life to create new business opportunities for themselves.

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