Wednesday, 7 March 2012
Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
Question 136: To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources if he will provide information on an inland fisheries-related matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13031/12]
Salmon poaching on the River Laune is an ongoing concern. Efforts at illegal netting are attempted by poachers throughout the year. On average Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) confiscates in excess of 20 nets per year. Illegal netting is predominantly attempted in the lower reaches of the River Laune, an area where access by IFI staff is extremely difficult. Currently patrolling on the River Laune takes place seven days a week both by boat and on foot. Over the last five years there have been five successful prosecutions for illegal fishing activity of which three resulted from the non-payment of On the Spot Fines (OTSF). There have been some 15 OTSFs issued during that period.