The ESB and eels

A minister speaks [or at least reads out a script prepared by other people].

I see that

The independent Standing Scientific Committee on Eels sets targets of quantities to be transported annually.

Which would be nice, if transporting eels were an end in itself. But the object is surely to increase the eel population, and I note that the minister had nothing to say on that subject. Nor did he tell John McGuinness what the stock of eels was. So we have no idea whether all this activity is achieving anything, and responsibility is diffused amongst the members of an Standing Scientific Committee on Eels, none of whom seem to have any stake in the matter.

This is a clear case for privatisation: sell the eels and the fishing rights to people [cooperatives, as on Lough Neagh?] who will have an interest in managing the populations of eels, rather than in managing the numbers trapped and transported.

The minister also introduced a red herring about compensation, which he wasn’t asked about. By my reckoning he answered only half the question, and even that credits him with answering the ritual invocation “if he will make a statement on the matter”.

2 responses to “The ESB and eels

  1. Hello. I have fished the Munster Blackwater for over 60 years and during most of this time eels were a curse when worm fishing and I have caught some up to 3 pounds in weight and had many a delicious meal when fried.I also swam regularly in the river and practically every large stone was home to an eel.In the past 15 years or so I have noticed a serious decline in the eel population and it is now impossible to catch even one eel or disturb one hiding under a rock.I wonder what is happening

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