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Cd. 1188, pp. 35 & 36.
See Secs. 5 & 9 of the Salmon
Any Provisional Order will require confirmation by Parliament, and the parties interested in the river will therefore, in addition to the consideration of their views by a Government Department, have as a further protection the right to petition against the Order and appear before a Committee.
The Bill has been considered by the Salmon and Trout Association of Great Britain and receives their cordial support. Clauses 1, 3, and 4 give power to make Provisional Orders and to define the procedure to be adopted.
Clause 2 (1) sets out in separate paragraphs the various powers and provisions that may be inserted in the Provisional Orders, but it is not necessary that each Order should deal with all the matters therein referred to.
Paragraphs (a), (f), and (j) provide for the general regulation of the fisheries in a defined area, and will allow of some of the minor recommendations of the Royal Commission being adopted.
Paragraphs (b), (c), and (g) simplify the existing machinery, which under the present law is somewhat cumbrous, and enable Fishery Act, the constitution of a Board of Conservators to be remodelled, where the introduction of the rating of fisheries for their expenses or any other circumstances renders such a course desirable.
Cd. 1188, p. 12.
Cd. 1188, p. 20.
Paragraph (d), which provides for the introduction of this rating procedure, carries out one of the recommendations of the Royal Commission for supplementing the funds of Boards of Conservators. It has been in force in Scotland for many years where it has worked successfully.
Paragraph (e) with sub-clauses (2) and (3) of clause 2 authorises the erection of fixed nets in open waters under certain restrictions calculated to prevent the injury to which the uncontrolled use of such nets formerly gave rise.
Paragraph (h) provides for returns being made of the yield of the fisheries, the necessity for which is universally recognised as essential for determining the effect of any regulations made for their improvement.
The Bill does not apply to Scotland and Ireland because those countries have their separate administration and fishery legislation, and further it is based on the recommendations of a Commission which did not extend to Irish fisheries.
Board of Agriculture and Fisheries,
16th May, 1907.