i read alot of comments that r on here i no the bush inside out and i could say alot more than i do.i have let my friends read some of the posts on here and we always get a laugh especially at ur posts ciaren.....u aint got a clue
Just read an article in the paper that wild salmon numbers on the bush have tripled since the government ordered anglers to return all salmon caught and since commerical fishermen have ceased operations.
It also stated, that in the 1990's close to 50 commericial liscence holders netted between 8-12 thousand fish a year.
It also stated, that the recent netsman have halted their netting activites , "until stocks recover." They have also not handed in their liscenses.
look forward to reading it Hurricane and some of it certainly rings true.
As Ciaran has said I think it was 2012 that C&R was introduced in the DCAL controlled areas and the commercial nets went off. So that's two full seasons. I know that last year the Bush had a very encouraging return - from memory I think it was 4k of a run counted through the salmon station which is great to see.
I am not sure about the 50 commercial nets in the 90's - I think that might be a bit high as I seem to remember in the first buy out about 30 nets would bought out. That left 6 and two of those were in County Down.
It is right in saying that of these remaining nets - they won't now fish the nets but do still retain the right to operate them in the future when there is a scientifically proven 'harvestable surplus'.