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'oJ' f ,F'f' THE DEE SALMON FISHERMEN. THE CAUSES OF THE DISTRESS. Sir,—May I ask you kindly to insert in your next issue, the following letter, which I have this day addressed to the solicitor to the Board of Conservators for the River Dee, on the subject of a recent resolution passed by that body, soliciting subscriptions from its members for the relief of necessitous fishermen ? No one is more sorry for the deterioration of the Salmon Netting Industry, and the consequent impoverishment of those engaged therein than I am, but it seems to me that the Fishery Board by adding a kind of Board of Guardian Agency to its already numerous duties has hardly chosen the best remedy, either for the future improvement of the salmon industry, or for the real advantage of the necessitous fisher- men.—Yours faithfully, CHARLES HENRY C. CALVERLEY. Crogen, Corwen, 16th August, 1897. [COPY.] Dear Sir,—I am duly in receipt of your circular dated 12th inst., referring to a resolution passed at a recent meeting of the River Dee Fishery Board, to the effect that the chairman of this Board and the Mayor of Chester be requested to open a subscription list for the benefit of the necessitous fishermen." I am sorry that I had not the advantage of being present at this meeting, and of hearing the arguments for and against this remarkable resolution. In my view the deterioration of the salmon fishery in the Dee, and the consequent impoverishment of those who depend upon it, more or less, for a livelihood, is caused by three things:— 1. The mismanagement of the river Dee by the Board of Conservators. 2. The cycle of dry seasons through which we are passing. 3. The overnetting of the river above and below Chester. The first of these causes I need not enter into at the moment. The second is be- yond human control. The third calls for the particular attention of those interested in the maintenance of the salmon fishery on the Dee, and affects directly the resolution in question. For many years the greater portion of the several earlier runs of salmon and grilse has been intercepted by the nets, and as the profits increased so have the number of nets, until a point has been reached when most of the fish have been caught, and the netting industry has become unremunerative. The remedy for this state of things is, in my opinion, a diminution of the number of nets, that is, the employment of fewer persons in the in- d us try, and not the subsidising of a few necessitous fishermen. By all means let the Mayor of Chester open a subscription list, and let private persons in their private capacity, both in Chester and outside it, help the poor fishermen, but for the Board of Conservators, as a Board, to solicit subscriptions for this object, seems to me a truly remarkable position for the Board to occupy. Does the Board of Conservators also intend to compensate anglers and riparian owners whose property has lately so sadly deteriorated in value, through the causes I have mentioned? If so, their position is at least a logical one if not, surely the resolution passed, I should think, by a very small minority of the members of the Board, will hardly hold water.—I am, dear sir, yours faithfully, CHARLES HENRY C. CALVERLEY. Crogen, Corwen, August 16, 1897. Henry Jolliffe, Esq., River Dee Fishery Office, Chester.

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