North East Drift Nets

Negotiations continue with the remaining 70 netsmen to find an agreement whereby their licenses are surrendered in exchange for fair compensation,

Negotiations continue with the remaining 70 netsmen to find an agreement whereby their licenses are surrendered in exchange for fair compensation, based on the average number of fish caught by each fisherman, their age and the effort they expend on the fishery. The Government have committed £750,000 to this initiative on an equal funding basis with the private fishery sector, represented by the North Atlantic Salmon Fund UK (NASF UK).

Negotiations are delicately balanced at present, with some netsmen willing to sell at the compensation rates currently on offer. However, the nature of the fishery requires a higher number of licenses to be surrendered if a significant drop in catch is to be attained, and private funds will not be released until more netsmen agree to a deal. Meanwhile, S&TA is leading a continued lobbying initiative with DEFRA and the EA to ensure their commitment to the buy-out of the North East Drift net fishery.

UPDATE 24/04/02 – A meeting took place on Friday April 19th between representatives of DEFRA and EA, and the wild salmon interests – S&TA, NASF (UK), AST, DSFBs and the River Tweed. The meeting updated all parties on the current status of the buy-out and Net Limitation Order issues, and some plans were laid about how best to proceed with negotiations, which are still at a delicate stage.

Sorry that we cannot divulge details just yet, but we will update you as this policy unfolds over the following few weeks.