A suite of regulations and bye-law changes governing wild salmon and sea trout fisheries in Ireland which came into effect from January 1st, 2018, have been approved by the Minister for Inland Fisheries, Sean Kyne.
The Minister received management advice from a public consultation process and Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) in relation to 146 rivers in advance of setting out the new legislation. Over 130 submissions were considered as part of the public consultation.
This was based on the scientific assessment of the current status of stocks carried out by the independent Standing Scientific Committee on Salmon which comprises of scientists from a range of organisations.
Management advice, supported by scientific assessment of rivers / estuaries / harbours, is that: some 42 rivers should be open, as a surplus of fish has been identified in these rivers; 36 rivers should be classified as open for “catch and release” angling and 68 rivers should be closed, as they have no surplus of fish available for harvest.
Minister Kyne said: “In all, 78 rivers will open for angling activity in 2018 and this will provide opportunities for all to share this important natural resource on a sustainable basis. I asked IFI to carry out a full review of the ‘catch and release’ element of fisheries management policy ahead of the 2018 season and this has resulted in an additional 12 rivers open on a ‘catch and release’ basis which otherwise would have been closed.”
Main Changes to Note
Dundalk: Glyde – catch and release; Dee – closed to 30 April/catch and release from May 1st; Wexford: Slaney – closed to April 30th/catch and release from 1 May; Kerry: Ferta – catch and release; Inny – catch and release.
Bangor: Glenamoy – Open; Shramore – catch and release; Ballyshannon: Eske – catch and release; Owenwee (yellow) – catch and release; Letterkenny: Owenea/Owentocker – catch and release; Gweedore (Crolly) – catch and release; Tullaghobegley – catch and release; Leannan – closed to 30 April/catch and release from May 1st.