While Irish fishing trawlers were enjoying a record catch of Herring off the Waterford, Eire, coastline, Corvettes of the Irish Fishery Protection service celebrated a record 'catch'-of foreign 'poachers'....
G.V.PAN Of fishing vessels in Dunmore East Harbour, Co Waterford.Eire
LV Trawler coming in to harbour.
GV Trawlers waiting to come into harbour.
TV Men packing fish, pan over to barrels of fish.
STV Pan. Basket of fish coming out of hold.
SV Men pouring fish into boxes.
CU Pan Herrings.
SV Men salting fish.
CU Man working.
CU Pan Fish in boxes.
LV Trawlers in harbour.
GV Fishermen preparing nets.
STV Pan Barrels of fish.
SV Stern of Dutch trawler "DUNMOND 2 KATWUK"
LV Men loading cases of fish on to lorry.
LV Barrels of fish stacked on quayside.
GV Barrels of fish on quayside.
GV Irish Naval vessel outside harbour.
SV Pan Gull flying.
CU Stern of arrested French trawler "La Fayette".
LV "La Fayette" alongside.
CU Boy watching.
LV Stern of arrested French boat "Baron Boucaille".
LV Ditto alongside quay.
LV Of arrested trawler "Jules Denye", alongside.
GV.Pan Shipping in harbour.
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Background: While Irish fishing trawlers were enjoying a record catch of Herring off the Waterford, Eire, coastline, Corvettes of the Irish Fishery Protection service celebrated a record 'catch'-of foreign 'poachers'....
One Belgian, two German and two French trawlers, caught fishing within the three mile limit, were arrested and their gear confiscated.
Large Herring shoals moving towards the Waterford coast attracted 200 fishing boats from all over Europe. The big scramble to land the large, top quality fish ensued. Nets entangled, tempers frayed, and foreign trawlers, in their excitement, came too far inshore.
Fourteen nations, adherents to the 1946 Fishery Convention, will attend an International Conference in London Jan 20 to be opened by Mr Hare, British Minister for Agriculture. Purpose - to try to save the diminishing British Herring Industry. A massive invasion of the North Sea fishing grounds by foreign trawlers, principally Russian and Polish, may well extinguish the industry. While British Herring fleets obey the rules governing the size of fish that may be taken huge fleets of trawlers from Russia, Poland, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany do not. An effort will be made to draw up a convention to protect this much hunted fish by enforcing maximum "mesh" of fishing nets.
The Herring season, just ended, has been the most disastrous on record. Though the demand for fresh fish by th home market has been met, distribution among other interested industries has shown a huge decline.