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CLOSE OF THE DEE SALMON SEASON.…

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CLOSE OF THE DEE SALMON SEASON. + Our Connah's Quay correspondent writes :— The season which has just closed is regarded on all hands as the most unprofitable that the fishermen can remember. Throughout the season there have not been any of the large hauls which usually characterise the Dee salmon fishery in the months of June and July, and during which period in former years the fishermen have netted sufficient to recoup the heavy expenditure necessary at the commence- ment of each season. On all points of the river the scarcity of fish has been most noticeable, and the men employing trammel and draft nets have keenly felt the unusually small take of fish. It is well known that a trammel net licence costs j615, and a draft net licence R5 for a season. There is certainly a great disparity between these amounts, but fish generally are so much more numerous in the lower waters of the river where trammel net fishing is carried on that the men employing these nets early in the season earn the difference in the licence. The majority of experienced fishermen are engaged with the trammel nets. The history of the fishery this season, however, proves that the draft net fishermen have been most fortunate, and that many of the trammel net fishermen have worked for weeks together without taking a single fish. The fishermen, as a body, cannot attribute the scarcity to any particular cause, but they consider the exceptionally dry season and consequently the absence of any great quantity of fresh water has had a disastrous effect. Many of the men are much distressed, and have a long winter before them with very precarious employment. The mussel fishery has now commenced, and if the beds in Dawpool will yield the same large quantities as last season, the men for a time will be profitably employed. Coarse fish, such as flukes, plaice, and codlings, are reported as fairly plentiful, and ready sales can be effected for this class of fish at remunerative priees.

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