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LIMERICK FISHERY BOARD RECEIVES GRANT FOR CONSERVATION EFFORTS

At a recent gathering of the Limerick Fishery Conservators, significant news emerged regarding financial support from the Department for the upcoming season’s conservation efforts. A letter received from the Department outlined the approval of a grant for the Limerick Fishery Board, aimed at bolstering their initiatives for the 1915-16 season.

The Department’s correspondence confirmed their willingness to allocate financial assistance to the Limerick Fishery Board, specifically earmarked for the protection of spawning grounds during the close season of 1915-16. This grant, amounting to a maximum of £150, was structured to match every pound subscribed, up to the specified limit. However, disbursement of this grant was contingent upon certain conditions being met by the Limerick Board of Conservators.

Among the stipulations set forth by the Department was the requirement for the Limerick Board to demonstrate prudent financial management by reserving a minimum of £1,000 from the licence duties received in 1915. This reserved fund would serve to cover any incurred debts associated with close season expenditure, thus ensuring fiscal responsibility.

Furthermore, the Department imposed restrictions on salary increments for administrative staff, including the clerk and inspectors, between April 1, 1915, and March 31, 1916. Any proposed increases in remuneration would necessitate prior approval from the Department, underscoring the need for budgetary discipline.

In addition to the grant allocated for conservation efforts, the Department extended further support to the Limerick Fishery Board by earmarking £150 towards the upkeep of the motor patrol boat for the fiscal year 1915-16. This financial provision mirrored similar grants disbursed in previous years, with funds designated for operational expenses associated with the maintenance of the patrol boat.

The terms outlined in the communication from the Department were met with a favourable reception among the members of the Limerick Fishery Conservators. Subsequently, it was unanimously agreed to pursue £70 of the allocated grant as an initial disbursement, demonstrating the Board’s commitment to initiating conservation efforts promptly.

The decision to secure financial assistance from the Department underscores the Limerick Fishery Board’s dedication to preserving and protecting the local aquatic ecosystem. By leveraging external support, the Board aims to strengthen their conservation endeavours, safeguarding the region’s valuable natural resources for future generations.

As preparations for the upcoming season progress, the Limerick Fishery Board remains steadfast in their commitment to responsible stewardship, guided by the principles of sustainability and environmental preservation.

Dublin Daily Express – Thursday 08 April 1915

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