And there's these folks:
The story was featured on today's Country File Programme on BBC2
http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/environment ... untryfile/
" Irish drift nets
Charlotte Smith reports on a controversy over an increasingly scarce resource - fish. Anglers say drift nets in use off the western coast of Eire are catching too many salmon and preventing the fish returning to rivers to spawn. Graeme Harris, from the Welsh Salmon and Trout Angling Association, says Irish commercial fishermen are taking around 10% of salmon returning from the Atlantic.
In Eire, Niall Green has launched campaign group, Stop Irish Drift Nets Now. There are 850 Irish drift net fishermen and he believes that number should be cut by three quarters. However, Irish drift net fisherman Frank Flanagan is unrepentant. He says the industry is already well regulated with the catch strictly limited by quotas and restrictions on how far fishermen are allowed to take the drift nets.
Two years ago the British Government's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs acted with anglers and other beneficiaries to conserve salmon stocks by buying out drift net fishermen off the northeast coast of England in return for compensation of £3.5m. It's thought the Irish Government will now come under pressure to follow suit, although ministers have already stated that they're not prepared to offer similar compensation to their fishermen."
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