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Salmon and Inland Fisheries Department of Culture Arts and Leisure

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									          SALMON &

INLAND FISHERIES ANNUAL REPORT


             2004
                               2004 ANNUAL REPORT

                                    CONTENTS


Salmon and Inland Fisheries

Background to Inland Fisheries                         Page   3

Salmon Conservation                                    Page   3

Eel Conservation                                       Page   4

Public Angling Estate                                  Page   4

Promotion and Development                              Page   5

River Bush Research Station                            Page   5

Movanagher Fish Farm                                   Page   6

Advisory Work                                          Page   7

Water Abstraction and Fish Passes                      Page   7

Scientific and Technical Investigations                Page   8

Derelict Waters Applications                           Page   9

EU Funding –Peace II – Angling Development Programme   Page   9

Commercial Fishing

Salmon Fisheries                                       Page   09

Eel Fisheries                                          Page   10

Fishing Vessels Grants                                 Page   10


Public Expenditure on Fisheries

Expenditure and Receipts                               Page   10




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Other Developments

Quinquennial review of the Fisheries Conservancy Board            Page   10


Legislation

New Byelaws introduced under the
Provisions of the Fisheries Act (NI) 1966                         Page   10


Salmon and Inland Fisheries Statistics

Fish Stocked from Bushmills Hatchery on behalf of Angling Clubs   Page   13

Fish Stocked from Department’s Fish farm (Movanagher)             Page   14

Salmon catches on the River Bush Special Stretches                Page   13

Commercial Salmon catches on Inland Waters                        Page   14

Commercial Eel catches on Inland Waters                           Page   15



Financial Statistics

Permit and Day ticket Sales                                       Page   12

DCAL Grants for Inland Boats                                      Page   15


Expenditure and Receipts under the Fisheries Act (NI) 1966        Page   16




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SALMON AND INLAND FISHERIES

Background to Inland Fisheries

The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure is responsible, under the provisions of
the Fisheries Act (NI) 1966 as amended (the Fisheries Act) for the salmon and inland
fisheries of Northern Ireland (except the Foyle and Carlingford catchments which are
the responsibility of the Loughs Agency of the Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights
Commission). The Department is also responsible for the Fisheries Conservancy
Board for Northern Ireland (FCB), a Non-Departmental Public Body established
under the Fisheries Act with responsibility for the conservation and protection of
fisheries.


Salmon Conservation

Research and monitoring continues to suggest that salmon stocks within Northern
Ireland, excluding the area controlled by the Loughs Agency, remain at low levels. A
range of inter-related factors have contributed to the poor status of the stocks
including degraded in-river habitat, pollution, drainage works and predation by
cormorants and seals. Management actions by the Department and the Fisheries
Conservancy Board have reduced the impact of angling and commercial fishing
exploitation. The significantly reduced marine survival noted since 1998 has
continued and gives considerable cause for concern, especially when considered with
the other threats to coastal and freshwater survival. Marine survival figures for River
Bush wild salmon smolts indicated that 31.2% returned to the coast as salmon (grilse)
in 1997, whereas in 2004 there was only a 6.8% return.

This worrying trend is mirrored around the sphere of North Atlantic countries and the
North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation (NASCO), an inter-governmental
body established by treaty drawing it’s membership from USA, Canada, Greenland,
European Union and other countries, has encouraged its members to adopt a
precautionary approach to salmon management. Officials from the Department,
together with fisheries scientists from Department of Agriculture and Rural
Development’s (DARD’s) Agriculture, Food & Environmental Science Division,
form part of the EU delegation to NASCO.

In response to the call for a precautionary approach the Department pursues a number
of remedial and new measures to address the decline. The Department continues to
support the FCB in implementing the Salmon Management Plan drawn up by fisheries
scientists. The Plan is broadly based on NASCO recommendations and the
precautionary approach. The core concept of the Plan is to establish spawning targets
at a river and regional level. The central aim of management is to ensure that in most
rivers in most years sufficient adult salmon are spawning to maximise output of
smolts from freshwater. The river or catchment is monitored for salmon numbers
(electro-fishing for fry and fish counters for adult salmon) and where levels are not
being attained the problem is identified and addressed. Officials from the Department
form part of the management group.



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In 2001 the Department obtained Executive Programme funds to support the
introduction of a Voluntary Commercial Salmon Fishermen’s Buy-out Scheme. The
scheme was open to all commercial salmon fishermen using drift nets, fixed nets, tidal
draft nets or salmon boxes in the sea or tidal waters. The Department entered into
partnership with the North Atlantic Salmon Fund with the Department providing £1.5
million and the Fund providing £0.5 million towards the Scheme. The Scheme was
aimed at reducing commercial exploitation thereby allowing a greater escapement of
adult salmon into river catchments. During the financial year 1 April 2004 to 31
March 2005 one drift net and 7 fixed nets were bought out. The total compensation
paid out for year ended 31 March 2005 was £220,500. The total number of nets
bought out since the inception of the Scheme are 16 bag nets, 10 drift nets, 15 fixed
draft nets, 4 tidal draft nets and 4 salmon boxes, representing 88% of coastal
commercial salmon fishing in the FCB area.

The Department obtained European Economic Area (EEA) funding totalling 519,000
euro and initiated a programme of work in partnership with the Loughs Agency and
the FCB to construct fish counters to inform salmon management on the rivers
Clanrye and Deele and carry out habitat improvement works on the Rivers Maine and
Clanrye. The project follows principles set out in NASCO resolutions and
complements other work under the auspices of the Salmon Management Plan.

Eel Conservation

The European eel stock has been in rapid decline since around 1980. This long term
decline in European eel populations is a matter for considerable concern and though
in Ireland there are still significant quantities of exploitable eels it is clear from
scientific advice across Europe that an EU wide stock recovery plan is required and
precautionary emergency measures are also under consideration. A number of causes
have been suggested including changes in ocean climate, habitat loss, predation,
hydroelectric turbine mortality, over-exploitation, pollution and parasites.

The Department continued to operate conservation oriented management policies
during 2004 through the regulation of commercial eel fisheries. The precautionary
approach to eel stock management drawn up by the International Council for the
Exploration of the SEA (ICES) and European Inland Fisheries Advisory Commission
working group remain under consideration at EU level. The Department contributed
to the development of a UK position on proposed EU eel conservation regulations
with the assistance of DARD scientists.

In order fully to inform conservation proposals, particularly in so far as they will
affect the important Lough Neagh eel fisheries, the Department continued to fund a 3-
year study into NI eel stocks with particular emphasis on Lough Neagh. Further
details are on page 8.

Public Angling Estate

The Department has powers under the Fisheries Act (NI) 1966 to acquire and improve
facilities for angling. This has been achieved through the provision of a Public
Angling Estate. The total number of fisheries available to the public in 2004 was 62 of
which 30 were still water trout fisheries with a total area of approximately 633
hectares and 10 stretches of game fishing rivers totalling over 76 kilometres in length.

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For coarse fishing there were 7 lakes with a total area of 211 hectares and 6 stretches
of river and canal fishing totalling 31.5 kilometres. In addition there were 7 mixed
fisheries as well as Upper and Lower Lough Erne, which provided a further 15,534
hectares of mixed game and coarse fishing.

The number of Department’s Angling Permits sold rose by 5% in 2004 compared to
2003, the highest increase was in sales of permits to senior citizens (17%), disabled
(13%) and juvenile (13%). The number of day tickets sold on the River Bush Special
Stretches increased by 10%. There was a 20% increase in the value of sales. Full
details are given in Table 1.

The Department continued its stocking programme on game waters as in previous
years. The cost of stocking Department fisheries in the year ending 31 March 2005
was £193,113.30. The sizes and numbers of fish stocked during the year are shown in
Table 5 together with the figures for the previous year. Table 5 also provides details
of private stockings.

The Department undertook a programme of improvement works to upgrade the
facilities at some of the most popular waters in the Public Angling Estate and
continued with improvements to access and parking at Portavoe, Lough Mourne,
Lough Money, White Lough, Lough Erne and the River Bush. Further habitat
improvement is ongoing in Lough Erne tributaries to boost recruitment from natural
spawning and new signage has been erected at many of the DCAL fisheries.


Promotion and Development

Officers from the Department attend a selected number of angling events with
Tourism Ireland. Experience over recent years has indicated which events represent
the best opportunity to promote the Public Angling Estate to the widest possible
potential customer base. In 2004, DCAL staff attended promotional angling events at
the Balmoral Show in Belfast and on the Tourism Ireland stand in Utrecht, Holland.

Angling Clubs and other fishery owners and operators were supported in improving
fisheries during the year both through the provision of advice and guidance and by the
issuing of permits under Section 14 of the Fisheries Act (NI) 1966 to capture, culture
and stock fish.


River Bush Salmon Research Project

The Department continues to operate the River Bush Salmon Station primarily in
support of the River Bush salmon research project. This project was set up in 1973 by
the former Department of Agriculture, as a long-term study into the dynamics of a
wild salmon population and to investigate the factors influencing those dynamics. The
long-term data series on survival of wild salmon during the freshwater and marine
phases of the life cycle are used to provide advice to the Department on the status of
stocks on this river and provides an index for NI salmon stocks in general.
Information from the project on conservation requirements for salmon and on
exploitation of salmon stocks at sea is being used to develop and support the Northern


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Ireland Salmon Management Plan and also contributes to assessment of salmon stocks
at international level, through the ICES.

Fish trapping facilities at the station allow accurate counts of upstream migrating
adult salmon and downstream migrating juveniles (smolts). In 2004, a total of 1,080
adult salmon were recorded at the trap. Three hundred and twenty one hatchery origin
and 29 wild fish were retained at the hatchery to support the River Bush angling
development programme. During the months of March, April, May and June 23,389
wild smolts were recorded passing through the station, compared to 19,494 in 2003.
Details of adult returns and wild smolt runs for the last ten years are shown in Table 2.

The hatchery provides fry for restocking directly into the upper reaches of the river
Bush and tagged smolts for release directly from the Station. This stocking
programme enhances the return of adults to the river and provides additional
information on marine survival of smolts. During the year, a total of 128,000 fry and
280,695 parr were stocked into the river and 53,596 tagged smolts were released from
the hatchery.

The hatchery continues to support local angling clubs who wish to improve the fish
stocks in their rivers through enhancement programmes. Hatchery improvement at
Bush Salmon Station has been substantially completed to accommodate genetically
diverse broodstock and ova from various rivers. Club members from a number of
angling clubs, with the assistance of the Department, catch salmon, sea trout and
brown trout brood stock from rivers throughout Northern Ireland. The brood fish are
taken to the station and stripped of their ova. The resulting fry are then stocked into
the river of origin. Details of fish stocked are shown in Table 3.

In addition, the river is an integral part of the Department’s angling estate, and the
operation of the special day ticket salmon beats at Bushmills provides anglers with the
opportunity to enjoy first class salmon angling. It also provides reliable information
on anglers’ catches. Details of the number of day tickets sold on the special stretches
and the number of salmon caught are shown in Tables 1 and 4 respectively.

Movanagher Fish Farm

Movanagher Fish Farm is located on an island between Movanagher Canal and the
Lower River Bann, near Kilrea. The Farm covers an area of about 4 hectares and
consists of a series of concrete raceways, ponds and fibreglass tanks with a substantial
hatchery facility, as well as a small administrative building.

The farm produces brown and rainbow trout to supply the Department’s angling
estate. Water is supplied directly from the River Bann by gravity to the various tanks,
supplemented with borehole water pumped directly into the hatchery. An aeration
tower ensures that the latter is well oxygenated and dissolved nitrogen removed
before use. The borehole water, being very clean and of constant temperature is used
primarily in the hatching and early development of the fry.

Approximately 1.0 million ova are produced annually from brood fish, which are
specially selected for the purpose. When the young fish are suitably developed-
usually one or two years old-they are transported live in oxygenated tanks and stocked
into the fisheries in the Public Angling Estate around Northern Ireland.

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All fish stocked were “catchable sized” (25 cm +) and contribute directly to angling
opportunities for both local and visiting anglers. Details of fish stocked from the fish
farm are shown in Table 5.

The farm also supplies small quantities of fish to private angling clubs and fisheries.
Additionally, the Department, to support the work of various voluntary, disabled and
community groups, also supplies fish on a charitable basis for a variety of angling
competitions.

Staff at the fish farm offer free technical advice on fish husbandry techniques,
stocking and conservation issues to organisations and interested members of the
public.

Visitors have always been welcomed at the farm, particularly school groups. Prior
appointment is necessary in order to ensure that all health and safety requirements are
in place and to ensure staff are available on specified dates.

Advisory Work

Department technical staff provide advice and guidance on matters relating to the
conservation, protection, development and improvement of salmon and inland
fisheries to angling clubs, fishery owners, and a range of other water users and
interested parties. Advice is provided to the range of authorities whose operations
might impact on salmon, eels and freshwater fish and to the two statutory fishery
conservation and protection authorities. This includes providing input to the
development of environmental policies and regulations generally across government
that have the potential to improve fisheries.

Arrangements for the provision of technical advice, guidance and support to DARD
Rivers Agency to ensure protection of fisheries against possible damage arising from
drainage works were formalised by way of a Service Level Agreement during 2004.
The Agreement builds on arrangements in place since the early 1990's and makes
explicit the role of Fisheries Officers and the obligations on both parties to ensuring
its effective implementation.

Water Abstraction and Fish Passes

Section 54 of the Fisheries Act requires persons who wish to build dams and weirs or
repair existing weirs in rivers to construct fish passes for the free passage of fish. All
fish pass designs and specifications must be submitted to the Department for approval
before a pass is constructed.

Sections 58 and 59 of the Fisheries Act impose certain closure periods where water is
being abstracted from a river or lake to facilitate the passage of fish and require grids
and gratings to be placed at water abstractions and return points.

The Fisheries Act also allows the Department to issue exemptions certificates from
these requirements. The exemptions are used to introduce more modern fishery


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protection measures than those imposed by the Fisheries Act, which are outdated and
in some cases do not facilitate fish migration to spawning grounds at optimum times.

In early 2004 the Department commenced a review of exemption permits issued under
Sections 54, 58 and 59 of the Fisheries Act to ensure that the most appropriate fishery
protection measures where included in the permit conditions.

Scientific and Technical Investigations

DARD scientists work closely with the Departments and FCB staff to provide
scientific support and advice across a range of policy and management issues relating
to salmonid and coarse fisheries.

Work on the setting and transportation of river specific conservation limits for NI’s
Atlantic salmon stocks was continued, based on a partnership approach between
DCAL, DARD and the FCB under the Salmon Management Plan. The fish counters
on the Rivers Maine, Blackwater and Glendun were fully operational, and a new fish
counter site was established on the Moneycarragh River. The carcass tagging scheme
operated throughout 2004, and the returns were integrated with the fish counter
database to generate catchment specific escapement estimates on the Index Rivers.
Further river habitat surveys were completed on the rivers Maine, Moneycarragh and
Garvery, and these were added to the GIS database - along with the results of an
electrofishing survey at 314 sites on the index catchments.

Works based on the EEA grant award were initiated. A steering group directed a
Project Manager in progressing field surveys and proposals for improvement works
on the Rivers Maine, Clanrye and Deele. (see page 4)

Based at the River Bush Salmon Station, the DOE funded ‘Fish in Rivers’ project
(FiR) completed the collation of river fish data currently held by various agencies
across the Province. This data spans a period of 35 years, and is presently stored in a
GIS format at the station. The FiR project also initiated a two year programme to
develop a methodology for sampling fish in small rivers under the auspices of the EU
Water Framework Directive.

A research scientist funded by the Department and recruited through Queen’s
University and DARD Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science Division to
carry out research into NI eel stocks continued to work towards the following
objectives:

      An assessment of the current age structure of brown eels in Lough Neagh and
       the relationship to recruitment history;

      Forecasts of future production and escapement potential based on recruitment
       history, fishing effort and age structure of the growing population;

      Experimental estimates of escapement of silver eels from the Lough Neagh
       and Bann fisheries;

      General health and parasite status of Lough Neagh eels; and


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      Scope for new glass eel capture techniques, transport of elvers, and improved
       elver ladders to improve recruitment to eel fisheries.


Derelict Waters Applications

The Department has powers under the Fisheries Act (NI) 1966 to approve an
application by anyone who wishes to improve a derelict water for angling either for
their own use or for public angling. The applicant must submit proof that the owner of
the fishing rights cannot be found and provide a scheme for the development of the
fishery. The Department having established that no fishery owner can be identified or
that no person has substantial objections may approve the scheme for a period up to
15 years. In 2004 the Department processed 4 applications.

European Union Peace and Reconciliation Programme

In December 2001 DCAL announced that EU funding of €7.45m (approximately
£5m) was being made available under the Water Based Tourism Measure 1.2(a) of
EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation (Peace II) for Programmes to develop
angling and water based recreation projects. There were two tranches of funding made
available under the Peace II programme. A total of 98 applications were received.
The funds were awarded to enhance angling facilities, develop inland waterways
networks and provide visitor amenities.

The Angling Development Programme

This element of the programme supports projects designed to improve game, coarse
and sea angling. Eligible projects included habitat improvement; improvement of fish
passage; provision of infrastructure at coarse and game fishing beats; development of
tourist amenities at private put and take fisheries; and provision of sea angling charter
boats.

Under the Angling Development Programme there were 31 successful applications in
Tranche I and 18 successful applications in Tranche II. The total grant awarded to
angling projects is £3.6m.

In 2004 8 projects were completed and works on a further 41 projects were
progressing. The total amount of grant paid out in 2004/05 was £445k. From the
commencement of the programme there has been £800k paid out on thirty two
angling projects up to 31st March 2005.

COMMERCIAL FISHING

Salmon

The 2004 commercial salmon catch was 2,354 (5,663kg) compared with 2,324
(5,088.5kg) in 2003. Table 6 shows the quantities and values of reported commercial
salmon catches over the last 5 years. The reduction in the numbers of salmon caught
pre 2002 can mainly be attributed to reduced fishing effort resulting from the
Commercial Salmon Fishermen’s Voluntary Buy-out Scheme. In 2004 there were two
drift nets, three fixed nets and two tidal drift nets which could be lawfully fished in

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the FCB area of which only five actively fished. The figures in Table 6 show catches
in the FCB area. The catches for the Foyle and Carlingford areas are shown in the
Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission’s Annual Reports.

Eels

The total estimated catch of yellow and silver eels during 2004 was 493,017kg
compared with 544,450kg in 2003. Approximately 95% of the Northern Ireland eel
catch is taken from Lough Neagh and the remainder from Lough Erne. The eel
industry is valued at approximately £2 million and supports up to 150 licensed
commercial eel fishermen. The main method of catching yellow eels is by long lines.
Many of the fishermen also employ helpers to assist in the fishing operation. The
quantity of eels caught is shown in Table 7.

Fishing Vessel Grants

The Department, under the provisions of the Freshwater Fishing Vessels (Grants)
Scheme (NI) 1982, operates a grant scheme for new fishing vessels or new engines.
The rate of grant is 25%. Table 8 shows the total amount of grant aid paid out in the
year ended 31 March 2005.

PUBLIC EXPENDITURE ON FISHERIES

Expenditure and Receipts

The Department’s expenditure and receipts under the Fisheries Act (NI) 1966 for the
year ended 31 March 2005 are shown in Table 9.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

Quinquennial Review Of The FCB

Consideration of the stage one Report’s conclusions and recommendations was put on
hold during 2004 pending the outcome of the Review of Public Administration.

LEGISLATION

A Licence Review Panel was established towards the end of 2002 to consider all
existing commercial fishing licences within the Fisheries Conservancy Board’s area
of jurisdiction, including eel licences, and to make recommendations to the Minister
on the licence duties and structures that should apply from 2004. The Panel submitted
its report in August 2003 and many of the recommendations are reflected in the
legislation below:

       a)   Eel Fishing (Licence Duties) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004 (SR
            2004 No. 100)

These Regulations, which came into operation on the 5th April 2004, revised the level
of duties in respect of licences for the use of fishing engines for the taking of eels.
These increases were in line with the recommendations of the Review Panel and


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greatly reduced the duties for most of the eel weirs on the River Bann. Other licence
duties were increased by between 6.25% and 38.12%.

The Regulations also:
1. provided that duties in respect of licences should not be listed for the eel weirs at
   Rademon and Drumnaconagher, Crossgar and on certain fixed wing nets in
   specified locations in Lough Erne and the River Erne as these were no longer in
   use; and
2. brought the long-line licence duties for Lough Neagh and Lough Erne onto the
   same licence duty rate.


    b) The Fisheries (Amendment) Byelaws (Northern Ireland) 2004 (SR 2004
       No. 74)

These Byelaws, which came into operation on the 29th March 2004, amended the
licence duties payable to the Fisheries Conservancy Board in respect of commercial
fishing licences for the taking of salmon and freshwater fish, other than eels, and the
fee payable to the Board for a licence which authorises the holder to buy and sell
salmon. As with the Regulations above, these increases were in line with the
recommendations of the Review Panel and duties increased from between 6.6% and
10%.

Draft net licences for freshwater fish (other than trout/rainbow trout) on Lough Erne
and for use in freshwater other than Lough Neagh and Lough Erne were dropped from
the schedule of available licences. Salmon box and crib licences were also dropped
from this schedule. The fishing engines on which licence duties were removed have
not been operating for some years.




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                                  TABLE 1
                 DCAL ANGLING PERMIT AND DAY TICKET SALES

                        2003     2004         %         2003      2004         %
                                          Difference                       Difference
Type of                Number                          Value £
Permit/Ticket           Sold
PERMIT
SALES
Game          Annual    1534     1530        0%        69,198    70,961         +3%
Fishing
              14-Day      51      40        -22%         650       510          -22%
              3-Day     1749     1811       +4%         7,450     7,715         +4%
              Local     1108     1180       +7%        37,716    41,170         +9%
              Juvenile  2801     3177       +13%        4,758     5,401         +13%
              Senior    1331     1563       +17%       16,996    19,960         +17%
              Citizens
              Disabled  1040     1175       +13%       13,280    15,005         +13%
              Anglers
              14-Day     289      259       -10%        6,725     4,960         -26%
              combined
              3-Day      903     1002       +11%        8,362     7,255         -13%
              Combined

Coarse       Annual     1080     1038        -4%       18,381    18,113         -1%
Fishing
             14-Day     1973     1762       -11%       23,005    24,739         +8%
             combined
             3-Day       584      718       +23%        4,152     4,890         +18%
             combined
TOTAL                   14,443   15,225     +5%        210,673   220,679        +5%


DAY
TICKET
SALES
River Bush   Town        231      271       +17%        5,688     7,340         +29%
             Stretch
             Leap        117      131       +12%        1,600     1,929         +21%
             Stretch

             New         128      123        -4%        2,342     2,286         -2%
             Stretch

TOTAL                    476      525       +10%        9,630    11,555         +20%


TOTAL                   14,919   15,780     +6%        220,303   232,234        +5%
SALES

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                            TABLE 2

RIVER BUSH ANNUAL ADULT SALMON RETURNS AND WILD SMOLT
                    RUN 1994 TO 2004

YEAR                   ADULTS TO THE TRAP           WILD SMOLTS
1994                          1839                     14145
1995                          1008                      5718
1996                          1183                     12449
1997                          1703                     18250
1998                          3062                     14819
1999                          1084                     11921
2000                          1192                     16451
2001                          1724                     14853
2002                          1584                     11600
2003                          1112                     19494
2004                          1080                     23389


                            TABLE 3

DETAILS OF FISH STOCKED OUT BY DCAL IN CO-OPERATION WITH
       ANGLING CLUBS IN 2004 (BUSHMILLS HATCHERY)


                                     Number of Salmon Fry
                 Clady                      41800
               Upper Bann                   32000
                Glenarm                      7000
                 Lagan                      50000
                Inverroe                     7000

                TOTAL                      137800


                            TABLE 4

FISH CAUGHT ON THE RESTICTED STRETCHES OF THE RIVER BUSH
                          2004

STRETCH                      2003                    2004
                            Salmon                  Salmon
        Town                  56                       57
        Leap                  13                       25
        New                   17                       21
       TOTAL                  86                      103




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                                        TABLE 5
 FISH STOCKED FROM DEPARTMENT’S FISH FARM (MOVANAGHER)


                        BROWN TROUT                               RAINBOW TROUT

                Departmental              Private        Departmental          Private
                    Waters                Waters           Waters              Waters
               2003     2004            2003   2004      2003   2004         2003 2004

Eyed Ova       -          -             19,340 20,000         -       -      1,080   700
(Under
Yearlings)
0+

Yearlings 1+   44,050     -             6,004   995     39,745        -       361    4,240
Older Fish     47,300     93,400        1,901   2,962   13,650 65,960          -     2,828

TOTAL          91,350     93,400 27,245 23,957 53,395 65,960 1,441 7,768




                                        TABLE 6

   QUANTITIES AND ESTIMATED VALUES OF SALMON CAUGHT IN
                NORTHERN IRELAND 1994 – 2004


       Year                Weight                     Value               Average Price
                            Kg                          £                     £/Kg

       1994                   31,188               135,668                    4.35
       1995                   36,184               175,492                    4.85
       1996                   40,655               162,620                    4.00
       1997                   31,353               133,877                    4.27
       1998                   26,881               120,964                    4.50
       1999                   24,012               162,801                    6.78
       2000                   31,900               143,550                    4.50
       2001                   24,400               109,800                    4.50
       2002                    9,794                47,403                    4.84
       2003                   5,088.5               29,258                    5.75
       2004                    5,663                45,304                    8.00

These catches do not include salmon caught in the Foyle catchment, which are mainly
landed in the Republic of Ireland.

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                                      TABLE 7

     QUANTITIES AND ESTIMATED VALUES OF EELS CAUGHT IN
                 NORTHERN IRELAND 1994 – 2003



      Year                  Weight              Value           Average Price
                             Kg                   £                 £/Kg

      1994                  734,684         2,835,880                 3.86
      1995                  836,375         4,048,055                 4.84
      1996                  748,480         3,787,309                 5.06
      1997                  702,379         3,090,468                 4.40
      1998                  660,327         2,641,308                 4.00
      1999                  703,456         2,089,264                 2.97
      2000                  599,008            N/A                    N/A
      2001                  548,631            N/A                    N/A
      2002                  535,709            N/A                    N/A
      2003                  544,450            N/A                    N/A
      2004                  493,017            N/A                    N/A




                                      TABLE 8

              DCAL GRANTS TO FISHERMEN (FOR BOATS)



                YEAR                                    Amount Paid
                                                            £

Total up to 31 March 2004                                £1,917.50
Total up to 31 March 2005                                £3,550.00




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                                   TABLE 9

 EXPENDITURE AND RECEIPTS UNDER THE FISHERIES ACT (NI) 1966




                                        Y/E 31 March   Y/E 31 March
                                           2004 +          2005

                                               £            £
Expenditure

Development of Angling Waters                686,820     167,878
River Bush Salmon Project                    189,055     110,216
Movanagher Fish Farm                         135,488     117,859
Conservation and Protection                   81,771     122,356
Bailiffing of DCAL Waters                     84,194      86,824
Salmon Nets Compensation Scheme              827,489     120,804
Eel Fisheries Development                     35,835      65,265
FCB - Grant                                  238,325     131,250


TOTAL                                     2,278,977      922,452


Receipts

Sales of Fishing Permits                     210,510     187,061
Sales of Fish from Fish Farm                  13,557      10,120
Sale of Ova/Fry and Adult Salmon               1,000        _
From River Bush
Other Receipts                                4,714       1,783

TOTAL                                        229,781     198,964

NB.    Estimated figures




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