The National Anglers’ Representative Association (NARA) is preparing for an angling dispute following the recent announcement by Inland Fisheries Ireland that it will stop producing freshwater trout.
NARA said the decision represented a significant change in IFI policy and was made without proper consultation.
“NARA contacted the IFI board, asking for plans to cease trout production operations to be postponed until such time as consultation had taken place,” the statement read. “Unfortunately, NARA was unable to convince the board to postpone the exit from trout production.
“In 2015, IFI engaged Canadian Aquaculture Systems Inc. to conduct an expert review of its fish farming activities with a view to making recommendations to support optimisation of production of trout in an effort to identify challenges in the production process and to propose practical solutions to enhance productivity and performance.
“The Canadian company produced An Expert Analysis to Support Optimised Production of Freshwater Trout. This analysis identified various options aimed at addressing deficiencies in the trout production process. However, it did not recommend that IFI exit trout production operations.
“In 2013, a Socio-Economic Study of Recreational Angling in Ireland valued recreational angling at €755 million annually to the Irish economy and stated that the sector is responsible for more than 10,000 jobs.
“If the decision to cease operations proceeds, jobs will be lost and the €755 million generated through recreational angling will suffer.”
NARA will seek a mandate to take whatever action is necessary to ensure the recommendations in the Canadian review are implemented.
About NARA (National Anglers’ Representative Association)
The National Anglers Representative Association (NARA) is an independent organisation that represents affiliated game angling clubs on many fronts. NARA represents game anglers when dealing with government departments and agencies. We influence decisions relating to legislation, angling development and access to fisheries.
NARA recognizes the benefits angling delivers to the health and well being of people and their communities. We particularly appreciate the benefits angling brings to the environment, the tourism industry, and juveniles. We also exert our influence to ensure the protection of indigenous fish species and their habitats as part of our natural heritage. NARA is committed to supporting fishing clubs in the protection and development of their waters and we work with our affiliates to identify how youth angling could be prioritized and developed. NARA opposes any reduction in the current service provided by Inland Fisheries Ireland and other government organisations, and we insist that inland fisheries must be adequately funded.
We provide an excellent public liability/employers liability insurance package for our affiliates at a very competitive rate and an optional personal accident policy is also available. Policies also include indemnity for landowners, riparian owners and Inland Fisheries Ireland. Our policy will provide indemnification for government departments and agencies where required at no extra cost e.g. Indemnification for Leader Companies and government Ministers whilst grant aided work is being undertaken.
NARA gives game anglers a voice!