Fisheries officers undertook a major operation against illegal operations off the Donegal coast last week.
A total of 26 untagged salmon in the Glenties area and 1,100 yards of illegal salmon drift nets off Inishbeg Island were seized last week by fisheries officers based locally.
The officers were utilising the first of a new fleet of 12 commissioned Delta 780HX Maritime Protection RIB boats recently launched by the Minister of State for Inland Fisheries, Sean Kyne.
IFI’s Dr Milton Matthews, said these were very important incidents.
“Both incidents highlight the importance of ongoing offshore and coastal patrols to protect migrating salmon and sea trout stocks against illegal fishing activity at a time when salmon stocks are under severe pressure from high temperatures, very low water levels and a long-term decline in survival rates at sea.
“The value of prompt information from members of the public who report instances of suspected illegal activity or pollution alerts cannot be overstated.”
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