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Conservation Board Considers Alternative Vehicles for Salmon River Patrolling

In a surprising suggestion, an Irish Conservancy Board is contemplating the purchase of a new vehicle to aid its water bailiff in patrolling the banks of a renowned salmon river. While the idea has local origins, it has sparked mixed reactions among the nation.

As a country, our sympathy for the relentless salmon poachers is limited. To effectively catch them off guard and curb their activities, a stealthy approach under the cover of darkness is often necessary. In this context, an ideal vehicle for the water bailiff would be a bicycle, allowing for silent and swift movement in pursuit of these culprits. However, the immediate surroundings of salmon rivers were not designed with bicycling comfort in mind, often featuring rocky banks and uneven terrain.

Alternatively, a small and manoeuvrable boat could be suitable in certain areas. Yet, in many cases, approaching by water would risk easy detection due to the abundance of light reflecting off the surface, leaving the element of surprise achievable only from the land side. Considering these challenges, it seems counterintuitive for an enlightened group of individuals to opt for a motor car in its current form.

Undeniably, a motor car offers swiftness, but it is also noisy and cumbersome. Moreover, the obstacles that hinder bicycling near salmon rivers, such as rocky banks, are amplified when it comes to motoring. If this suggestion were to be implemented in Limerick, it could inadvertently provide a cause for celebration among salmon poachers. Convictions would likely become few and far between, further complicating efforts to protect these precious fish.

While the intentions of the Conservancy Board are commendable, it is crucial to carefully consider the implications of their chosen approach. Exploring alternative vehicles, better suited for the unique challenges of patrolling salmon rivers, would ensure a more effective conservation strategy. Only by embracing thoughtful and innovative solutions can we hope to safeguard our valuable natural resources for generations to come.

Morning Leader – Wednesday 20 July 1904

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