Conner, H.D. 'Salmon fisheries in Ireland and the report of the Irish Inland Fisheries Commission'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. XI Part LXXXI, 1900/1901, pp63-74
Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. XI Part LXXXI 1900/1901
The object of this paper is to bring before this Society the importance
of the salmon fishery to the country districts of Ireland,
to give an outline of the conditions essential to insure its
prosperity, and to summarize very shortly and necessarily inadequately
the highly valuable report recently presented to the
Lord Lieutenant by the Commission appointed to inquire into
the state of the Inland Fisheries of Ireland, and presided over
by Lord Justice Walker. Now, in reference to the importance
of the salmon fishery in country districts, it is a trite and
hackneyed remark, which probably has been many times repeated
in this room, that the fact that Ireland is not, and possibly
can never be, a manufacturing country on a large scale,
makes it all the more vital that every nerve should be strained
to develop any natural advantages that the country possesses,
and to encourage wealthy Englishmen to come to this country,
and to spend in it their superfluous riches, which they are only"
too anxious to do, on the mere condition that they can be assured
of a moderate amount of really good sport. Now, I believe that, taking it all round, good salmon fishing on a river in
Ireland causes an expenditure of money in the district, which
to anyone, except an ardent fisherman, appears quite out of
propoition to the actual number of fish brought to bank by the
fishing tenant, and further that this expenditure benefits a
number of persons, and is distributed in directions that renders
it even more valuable than that which takes place in other
branches of sport, or in the ordinary tourist traffic.
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