Bookmark and Share
04/10/2002

Minister vows to restore salmon runs

Culture, Arts and Leisure Minister, Michael McGimpsey, today emphasised his determination to restore salmon runs in the River Bush.

The Minister visited the River Bush Salmon Station where he viewed work being carried out to tackle the decline in the numbers of stock – a problem not confined to Northern Ireland.

Mr McGimpsey said: “Concerns have been expressed that the operation of facilities at the station is harmful to salmon and is the cause of declining runs of fish to the river.

“There is no evidence to support this. Indeed, it is because of the counting facilities here that we have been able to identify the real causes of the problem.

“It has been established that the degradation of the river has led to reduced survival rates of juvenile salmon in freshwater and a significant decline in marine survival has resulted in fewer fish returning to the River Bush to spawn.”

The Minister pointed out that his department had introduced a range of measures and programmes to address this decline such as the buy-out of coastal nets and by restricting commercial and angling exploitation.

He said that these particular measures were being implemented throughout the area administered by the Fisheries Conservancy Board and that they would have a positive effect on the River Bush.

Other steps taken included the employment of a river warden to detect and report pollution, the refurbishment of the habitat and a restocking programme.

Afterwards, Mr McGimpsey travelled to Stranocum to watch the restocking programme in action.

He added: “This year alone, the hatchery at Bushmills has provided more than half a million juvenile salmon specifically for restocking the Bush.

“This is evidence of our determination to do all we can to restore salmon runs to the river and I am confident that the work being done will go a long way towards achieving that objective.”

(SP)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

08 July 2010
Ministers 'In The Swim' At Salmon Facility
Things were going swimmingly today in an 'away day' with a difference as Stormont Ministers visited the salmon research station in Bushmills. NI Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) Minister Nelson McCausland and Environment Minister Edwin Poots were attending the annual River Bush Salmon Station Open Day.
06 January 2016
Minister Meets With Farmers To Discuss Major Flooding Issues
Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle O'Neill has met with farmers and communities in Co Fermanagh to discuss the major effects of flooding in the area.
07 December 2015
Finance Minister's Enniskillen Office Receives Bomb Threat
Finance Minister Arlene Foster has slammed the people responsible after receiving a threat which sparked a security alert at her constituency office in Co Fermanagh. The threat contained a "recognised code word" and resulted in the evacuation of the East Bridge Street office and surrounding properties in the area.
27 November 2015
Health Minister Slammed Over Waiting Lists
An Ulster Unionist MLA has slammed Health Minister Simon Hamilton after it was revealed the number of people on medical waiting lists has reached almost 400,000. Mr Michael McGimpsey said people suffering with serious illness are being badly let down.
12 December 2012
Salmon Conservation Outlined Ahead Of Fishing Season
Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has outlined Northern Ireland’s plans for the conservation of salmon stocks. Ahead of the forthcoming salmon season, the minister has made a statement to the Assembly on measures she will be introducing.
26 April 2016
Other News In Brief
Orange Hall Attacked In Belfast The Alliance Party has condemned an attack at an Orange Hall in Belfast. North Belfast Assembly candidate Nuala McAllister described the attack as "mindless sectarianism". She was speaking after paint was thrown over the front of the building on Clifton Street over the weekend.
22 April 2016
UUP Slams Education Minister Over Schools Budget Cuts
The UUP has slammed the Education Minister following a joint statement from groups representing post-primary schools over budget cut deficits. The statement said school budgets are "already stretched to breaking point by successive cuts in recent years".
29 August 2008
Sammy Goes 'Wild' Over Salmon
There were moves today to protect a Northern Ireland river which hosts wild Atlantic Salmon stocks.
10 August 2004
Salmon deaths a disaster, say anglers
More than 600 salmon have been poisoned in the River Strule near Omagh according to anglers. An investigation into the allegations led to 200 adult salmon being removed from the river last Friday, however since then a further 400 dead fish have been removed from part of the river near Cappagh Church.
13 April 2016
Minister Accused Of Failing To Reform Health And Social Care Sector
The Health Minister has been slammed over his failure to introduce effective reform to the health and social care sector in Northern Ireland.
11 April 2016
Other News In Brief
Man Attacked In East Belfast Police are appealing for information after a man was attacked with hammers in east Belfast. The incident happened in the Clarawood Park area on Friday, 08 April. The victim has been treated in hospital, however his injuries are not believed to be life threatening. Three men are believed to have assaulted the man.
24 March 2016
'Ambitious And Radical' Restructuring Of Health And Social Care Confirmed
The Health Minister Simon Hamilton has confirmed plans for an "ambitious and radical" restructuring of the health and social care system. Following a period of consultation where the Minister outlined a number of reform proposals, there was a clear endorsement for the need to change.
23 March 2016
60 New Specialist Cancer Nursing And Support Worker Jobs To Be Created
Around 60 specialist cancer nursing and support worker jobs are to created over the next five years following an investment of £11.5 million, the Health Minister has confirmed. Minister Simon Hamilton confirmed the posts will be funded by the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB), in partnership with two charities. The HSCB will invest £2.
22 March 2016
Holyland Residents Meet With Minister
Residents from the Holylands in Belfast have met with the Employment and Learning Minister after 11 people were arrested on St Patrick's Day. Dr Stephen Farry told the Holyland Regeneration Association "we need to look afresh at what different steps need to be taken".
19 February 2016
Agriculture Minister Hears Concerns Over Gold Processing Plant
The Agriculture Minister, Michelle O'Neill, has attended a community meeting in Greencastle, Co Tyrone, to listen to their concerns about a planned gold processing plant in the area.