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Beggs calls for end of drift and bag nets to protect dwindling wild salmon

East Antrim MLA Roy Beggs Jnr has raised the issue of salmon conservation at Stormont. He has asked the Minister responsible about the practice of issuing licences for drift/bag nets in coastal waters which is widely blamed for causing the dwindling numbers of salmon able to return to their native rivers to spawn new generations of fish. Roy Beggs commented: “The issue of conservation of fishing stocks – particularly salmon is one which local angling groups have been pushing with vigour in recent times, in light of dwindling numbers in our streams and rivers. I was pleased to attend a recent information event at Stormont organised by my Ulster Unionist Party colleague Robin Swann MLA. One of the major issues raised at the event by angler groups was the continued use of bag nets in coastal waters- a practice supposedly banned by the UN and European Union Directives. From questions … Continue reading

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