An area of activity which will be of particular interest, because it demonstrates the folly of employing the Navy on purely national fishery duties, is that of salmon patrols. Poaching salmon is a time-honoured, popular and very well organised activity on many parts of the coast. Small and fast boats laying and hauling pre-positioned nets can catch vast quantities of the valuable fish
Their intelligence and communications are excellent Even the fastest naval sea boat can rarely come up on them unawares, or even catch them in an outright stern chase Evidence is difficult to assemble and a prosecution, in the face of intense and skilful defence, almost impossible to secure. Local sympathies are very much on the side of the poachers and it has more than once happened that a naval boat chasing a poacher into harbour has been hissed, abused and even stoned The local constabularly, it should be remarked, frequently display a suspicious lack of enthusiasm for the entire affair
The fact is that Navy should not be employed on domestic police duties and becomes extremely unpopular when it has to execute such duties in the long term The Navy can only work in the fishery protection role if it can be seen to be keeping foreigners well in check.
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