Collins, Tom and Malone, John and White, Padraic
Report of the Independent Salmon Fishing Group. Established to Examine the Implications of Alignment with the Scientific Advice for the Commercial Salmon Fishing Sector in 2007 and Beyond.
Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources.
Established in March 2006, the specific remit of the Independent Salmon Group is to advise the Government of the
implications of fully aligning with the scientific advice in 2007 and in particular the hardship that may arise for
individuals in coastal communities; to determine the scale of financial loss which will be experienced as a result of
any measures imposed on the commercial salmon fishery; to make recommendations, if appropriate, to address
any financial hardship experienced; to consider the extent to which those stakeholders, who would be the main
economic beneficiaries of more salmon being returned to the rivers, should contribute to any scheme, whether
in cash or in kind (including improved tourist access); and, to determine the implications for the angling sector. In
addition the Independent Group was free to advise the Minister on any aspects of the commercial salmon fishing
sector that in its view merits comment.
The Group sought guidance and advice from a wide range of state agencies and other statutory bodies including
the Marine Institute, the Central Fisheries Board, the National Fisheries Managers Executive and Bord Iascaigh
Mhara and undertook a direct consultation process meeting with 87 individuals representing 46 different agencies,
organisations, groups, as well as individual stakeholders. The Group received 64 written submissions and reviewed
the many reports generated through the National Salmon Commission and its Standing Scientific Committee, the
National Fisheries Management Executive, and available publications dealing with related issues from a wide range
of sources. The Group also traveled on three occasions to meet directly with salmon fishermen.
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