Wildlife

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 5th May 2006.

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Photo of Sylvia Jackson Sylvia Jackson Labour

Question S2W-25119

To ask the Scottish Executive how many licences have been issued for the killing of red-breasted mergansers and goosanders in each of the last three years and to whom were the licences issued.

Photo of Rhona Brankin Rhona Brankin Labour

The number of licences to shoot red-breasted mergansers and goosanders issued, as an aid to scaring, to prevent serious damage to fisheries is as follows:

2003 2004 2005
Mergansers 4 2 3
Goosanders 13 8 11

Licences to shoot mergansers were all issued to District Salmon Fishery Boards (DSFBs). Similarly the licences to shoot goosanders were all issued to DSFBs with the exception of two in 2003 and 2004 and one in 2005 which were issued to angling associations.

The licences were issued to the following:

2003

Esk DSFB

Annan DSFB

Nith DSFB

River Tweed Commissioners

Conon DSFB

Tay DSFB

Spey DSFB

Beauly DSFB

Dee DSFB

Lochaber DSFB

Deveron DSFB

River Annan Fisheries Improvement Association

Camps Fly Fishers Association.

2004

Esk DSFB

Nith DSFB

River Tweed Commissioners

Tay DSFB

Spey DSFB

Dee DSFB

River Annan Fisheries Improvement Association

Camps Fly Fishers Association.

2005

Esk DSFB

Annan DSFB

Nith DSFB

River Tweed Commissioners

Conon DSFB

Tay DSFB

Spey DSFB

Beauly DSFB

Dee DSFB

Lochaber DSFB

Deveron DSFB

River Annan Fisheries Improvement Association

Camps Fly Fishers Association.

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