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The following frequently asked questions are in regard to the newly adopted Pike, Brown Trout and Bass Policies

  • How were these policies formulated? +

    The substantive body of work was undertaken by Policy Development Groups comprised of relevant IFI staff and members of the key stakeholder groups. Each of the groups were chaired by a Senior Research Officer from IFI. In the case of the pike and trout polices stakeholders representing each angling discipline (pike angling and trout angling) were represented on each policy group. Inputs were then received from the National Inland Fisheries Forum, the Department of Communications Energy and Natural Resources and also other relevant State Agencies

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  • What are the recommendations? +

    The recommendations are contained within each of the policy documents and can be downloaded from the following link:

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  • The policy groups worked on the policies from October 2011 to February 2012, why are they only being issued now? +

    As the process involves a number of rounds of consultations and due to the importance attached to the subject matter, serious consideration was given to the content and recommendations of the policy documents before being finalised for release.

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  • Were anglers consulted? +

    Angling federations and industry representatives participated on the Policy Development Groups.

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  • Have the recommendations been adopted? Are they now law? +

    The policies have been adopted as the policy of IFI and the new National Angling Development Plan (NADP) will incorporate the recommendations. Ultimately it is for the Minister to sign off on any legislative changes. Any recommendations that require legislative change will be subject to the normal consultative process associated with legislative change.

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  • What is the National Angling Development Plan (NADP)? +

    IFI is in the process of compiling the NADP. This will be a comprehensive listing of all development and conservation measures identified by IFI that will ensure the sustainability of the inland fisheries and sea angling resources from both an environmental and economic standpoint. All species and regions of Ireland will be included. 

    Update - 20/02/15

    IFI is now seeking input regarding the substance of the plan and submissions are invited which may include: strategies for the development of angling, physical development projects, novice angler initiatives, evaluation criteria of fisheries status by species/discipline type (i.e. what makes a good fishery) and angling/fishery support service requirements.

    For more information see:

    Public Consultation - National Angling Development Plan


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  • If I disagree with any of the recommendations contained in the policies and want to get them changed, what can I do? +

    The policies are for a period of three years from the date of launch. There will be a review of them after this time. Any concerns you may have can be brought to your representative organisation and they can be highlighted by the organisation at the time of the review. In the event that your concern relates to a proposed legislative change, please participate in the relevant consultative process at that time.

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  • How will research that has taken place since the formulation of the policies be incorporated? +

    IFI considers the full gambit of available research when formulating policies and operational implementation programmes. Research which has taken place, is on-going or yet to start will be fully considered when preparing the implementation plans arising from these policies and again when the policies are reviewed.

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  • Has any commitment been received from the Department to act on the legislative changes recommended in the reports and, if so, is there any timeframe for the introduction of these changes? +

    The Department are supportive of the policies and will assist in the preparation of the required legislation. It is intended to hold consultation on the measures over the winter months with a view to having measures in place for the next angling season.

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  • Angler Contribution +

    At least one of the reports (pike) recommends that ‘anglers should contribute towards the protection, management, development and promotion of angling…’.  What is the status of this recommendation and what is the latest position regarding reports that the government and IFI were considering the introduction of a general levy/ licence fee for anglers?

    IFI has adopted the policies and recommendations contained within the polices and will endeavour to move forward with them collaboratively. IFI agrees that anglers should contribute towards the protection, management, development and promotion of angling and IFI has facilitated ways in which this can be done through its various funding schemes which empower anglers to undertake conservation and promotion works. IFI has provided a 24 Hour Confidential Hotline 1980 34 74 24 through which anglers and the general public can report incidences to assist in the protection, conservation etc of pike fisheries.

    With regard to the introduction of a general levy/licence fee for anglers, a recent press release from the Department of Communication, Energy and Natural Resources stated ‘Minister for Natural Resources, Fergus O Dowd TD has confirmed that a compulsory charge for anglers will not be introduced in the context of the proposed new inland fisheries legislation. He has also stated there is no such proposal for consideration.

    The context for new legislation is the need to overhaul the current legislative code governing the sector to ensure it is fit for purpose.

    The former Minister of State has made repeatedly clear that he wished to see the fullest possible level of consensus amongst stakeholders before any proposals are developed and finalised. He also gave a commitment at recent meetings with the Angling Bodies that no proposal will be finalised until the current round of inter-federation discussions are complete. 

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  • How can I find out who own certain fishing rights? +

    Researching the ownership of fishing rights requires careful examination of various documents. The methodology is explained in detail below.

    When researching the ownership of fishing rights to a lake or river and even when a portion of a river is downstream of the high water mark (shown on Ordinance Survey maps, with the letters, HWM), it is best to begin in the Land Registry.  You can search and view maps and folios on-line as a non-account holder here. You’ll need to pay a fee for each folio you choose to view.

    Search for the property and establish whether the land is registered or unregistered.  If registered check if the river or lake is part of the registered area.  If so, the bed and soil is owned by the adjoining landowner.  Find the relevant folio and examine it to see how fishing rights were dealt with.

    On folios drafted for land purchases under the 1903 Land Act, it may state that the sporting rights, (which under the Act included fishing rights), are:

    • Retained by the vendor/landlord
    • In the ownership of another party
    • Retained by the vendor for his/her lifetime
    • Held concurrently between vendor and purchaser.

    If there is no mention of fishing or sporting rights, it is most likely that they were transferred with the land to the purchaser.

    If there is no mention of fishing or sporting rights on the land registry folio you should also contact the Records Branch Land Commission in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (at the address below) to see if they have any record of a fee farm grant* or other types of conveyance associated with the property. The records Branch are the keepers of all the old Irish Land Commission files.

    Records Branch,
    Unit 11,
    Clonminam Industrial Estate,
    Tel: 057 8634988 
    Fax: 057 8670959

    *In English and Irish law, a Fee farm grant is a hybrid type of land ownership typical in cities and towns. The word "fee" is derived from fief, meaning a feudal landholding, and a fee farm grant is similar to a fee simple in the sense that it gives the grantee the right to hold a freehold estate, the only difference being the payment of an annual rent (farm being an archaic word for rent) and covenants, thus putting both parties in a landlord-tenant relationship.

    In folios drafted for purchases under the 1923, 1929 and subsequent Acts, check for burdens specifically relating to fishing rights, which are dealt with separately from the sporting rights.  These will be found in Part Three of the folio.  They will state as follows:

    • The fishing rights and fisheries (if any), are reserved to the Land Commission.  In this case, the fishing rights were retained by the Land Commission and were subsequently transferred to the Central Fisheries Board, by virtue of the Land Commission Dissolution Act 1992. In 2010 the Central and Regional Fisheries Boards were amalgamated into a new single agency, Inland Fisheries Ireland, and so these fishing rights now belong to Inland Fisheries Ireland.
    • The fishing rights and fisheries (if any), are excepted by order of the Land Commission or by fiat of the Land Commission<.   In this instance the ownership of the fishing rights had not been adjudicated on when the vesting of the land in the purchaser was completed.  The Land Commission were required to make an order under Section 4 of the 1929 Act, stating whether the fishing rights vested or did not vest in the Land Commission. Where they made the Order, stating they did not vest in the Land Commission, they remained in the ownership of the vendor.  They never vested in the purchaser.
    • The fishing rights under Section 23 of the 1929 Act are subject to Section 3 of the 1929 Act.nbsp; This means where the process of vesting has commenced under the 1923 Act.

    The Land Commission only completed Orders under Section 4 of the 1929 Act in under 5% of cases.  The reasons for this are, some of these fisheries were not considered valuable when the lands were being dealt with, the landlord/vendor did not lodge the requisite Form 27 claiming the ownership.  These fisheries are considered to be in “limbo. However, since the vendor did not claim ownership of them, it is possible that the law, under the 1923 Act, still applies, in that the fisheries are vested in the Land Commission.

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  • How can I recognise Inland Fisheries Ireland staff? +

    Inland Fisheries Ireland officers are involved in a range of activities including high profile inspections, surveillance and intelligence operations, education and advocacy programs, fisheries development, research and prosecutions. On the river or lough bank however their main responsibility will be to ensure compliance with the varying fisheries regulations and laws.

    Checking a salmon licence

    When fishing you may at times be approached by an Inland Fisheries Ireland officer. If fishing for salmon or sea trout they will request to see your licence as well as tackle. If angling for other species they will check your compliance with the various fishing regulations and laws.

    Bike patrol

    If you are approached by an IFI working fishery officer they will be wearing official logoed work wear which may consist of a green coat and or bomber jacket, light green shirt, brown trousers and boots and possibly a green baseball type cap. All of these have identifying Inland Fisheries Ireland logos on the cap, shirt or jacket.

    Fisheries Officer afloat

    If requested to identify themselves they will be able to produce their warrants. These consist of a leather wallet; upon opening it there is an IFI badge and a photograph of the officer plus a number of warrants which allows the officer to perform his/her duties.

    Hauling in an illegal net

    There will also be logos on their vehicles (cars, vans, jeeps, quad bikes, bikes) or vessels (rigid inflatable boats (RIBS), boats, jetskis or kayaks). Officers do at times work in civilian clothing when they need to be incognito, or in drysuits or floatation suits while working in rivers or at sea. They should however still be carrying their warrants.

    Kayak patrol

    N.B. It must be noted that in some areas there are Water keepers and on the coast sea fisheries officers. These are not IFI employees and as such do not have the same work wear but carry appropriate warrants.

    Buggy patrol

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  • BIMs Fishfarm Proposal in Galway Bay +

    BIMs Fishfarm Proposal in Galway Bay

    Does IFI have concerns regarding the proposal by BIM to locate a fish farm in Galway Bay?
    IFI has expressed its concern in relation to the location and scale of the proposed fish farm in Galway Bay and how its development and operation would impact negatively on wild salmon and sea trout stocks and their habitat. IFI has also pointed out that the recognised negative impacts of sea lice on salmonids have not been adequately dealt with in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or the associated Natura Impact Statement (NIS). Recent findings show sea lice to have devastating effects on wild salmon, accounting for up to 39% of salmon mortalities.

    IFI has provided detailed guidance on the measures required to address its key environmental concerns as part of its submission regarding the EIS and NIS Statements attached to this licence application. The compelling international evidence available to inform this issue clearly illustrates the negative links between unsustainable salmon farming and wild salmon and sea trout stocks.

    See IFIs submission and a Factsheet on the Impacts of Salmon Aquaculture on Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Stocks at
    Press releases from IFI regarding the issues:

    Has IFI received a response to its submission?
    No response has been received to date.

    Have IFI concerns in relation to the expansion of salmon farming as proposed been met?
    No, IFIs concerns have not been met either by formal response or through the consultative process.

    Is IFI in negotiations with BIM?
    No, IFI is not in negotiations with BIM.

    Has IFI had discussions with BIM?
    IFI has offered its advice and shared its concerns relating to the associated NIS and EIS with BIM in discussions. This is not a negotiation, IFI is endeavouring to facilitate and foster an understanding of the issues raised in its submission to the EIS.

    Does IFI have concerns regarding other aquaculture proposals?
    As the state agency with responsibility for the protection, management and conservation of Ireland's inland fisheries and sea angling resources, IFI has been a consistent supporter of a sustainably developed aquaculture sector in Ireland for many years.

    IFI’s position is that all planned aquaculture developments must fully consider and mitigate against any potential adverse impact on wild salmon and sea trout stocks in surrounding waters.

    The Board of IFI have previously recommended the establishment of an independent three person group to examine the whole area of wild salmonid /  aquaculture interactions and make recommendations.

    Why has IFI not appeared in public debates or on the Prime Time programme?
    IFI has decided not to accept the opportunity to partake in public debate, as doing so might or be perceived as interfering in the formal review process which is on-going. IFI is satisfied that its submission, which is supported by international scientific studies, clearly sets out its concerns and recommended measures for mitigation.

    Will IFI provide information or clarification in relation to its concerns?

    IFI has informed the debate around this issue focusing on ensuring that any proposed salmon farm considers fully its impacts on wild salmonids; detailed information on IFI advice and observations in relation to this project are available on the IFI web site at

    Specific questions not answered in this FAQ or in the papers available should be forwarded to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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  • How do I make a complaint? +

    Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) want to provide you with the best possible service. There may be times, however, when you think we could do better. And sometimes you may even want to tell us about something we have done well.
    Whatever age you are, you have rights when it comes to a public service including:

    • the right to have your say and be listened to
    • the right to complain if you are not happy about something we have done.

    In order to help you to do so we have set out all options open to you at the following link: Making a Comment, Compliment or Complaint

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    Q: What is IFI’s policy on Fracking?

    A: IFI will comment on any applications that come before it on the basis of its responsibilities under the Fisheries Acts, Local Government (Water Pollution) Act and EU Directives.

    Q: Has IFI commented on any Fracking Applications?

    A: No applications have come before IFI.

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    Q: What is the Tús programme and how does it work?

    Please see here for information on the Tús programme.

    Q: What is LEADER and how does it work?

    LEADER funding is administered by local companies also known as Local Action Groups (LAGs) who distribute grants and other supports to projects within their areas. Please see here for further information on LEADER funding.

    Q: What is the Heritage Council Grants Programme?

    The Heritage Council Grants programme invited applications for grants in 2012 under the following headings.

    • Heritage Research provides assistance for data collection and research relating to Ireland’s heritage
    • Heritage Management supports projects that apply good heritage practice to the management of places, collections or objects (including buildings)
    • Heritage Education, Community and Outreach supports initiatives linking heritage to communities, promoting active engagement with and raising public appreciation of heritage.

    The application process is now closed for 2012 but information on grants avaialble for 2013 will be available from October 2012. See here for more details on the 2012 grants programme.

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  • SALMON CONSERVATION and Regulations +

    SALMON CONSERVATION and Regulations

    Q: What rivers / lakes are open, closed or catch and release this year?

    Please see here under the ‘Open fisheries’, ‘Catch and release only’ and ‘Closed’ tabs.

    Q: Who decides what rivers are open / closed / catch and release only and how is this decided?
    The Standing Scientific Committee (SSC) for salmon determine the conservation limit and surplus afforded to each individual salmon river within the state following which IFI Management make a recommendation on the future catch options for that river based on the best information available. These recommendations are submitted to the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and following a period of consultation the Minister will make a decision on the future catch options associated with each individual river.

    There are 148 listed salmon rivers in Ireland.  Each river has a given Conservation Limit.  The Conservation Limit (CL) is the number of spawning salmon required to produce the next generation of salmon. A group of expert fisheries scientists; the Scientific Standing Committee, develop the CL using the wetted area of each river along with its latitude to determine the number of salmon eggs required to populate this area. An assessment is made annually as to whether the conservation limit is reached on each river by using the average fish counter data, salmon rod catches, redd counts or by catchment wide electro-fishing from the previous 5 years of data. Following this assessment each river is given a catch option as follows subject to approval:

    • Any surplus over the CL, the river can be allocated a quota for the harvest of salmon.
    • If the river is meeting between 65% -100% of the CL the river can be opened on a ‘catch and release’ basis
    • If the river is meeting less the 65% of the CL or has a rod catch of less than 10 fish the river will be closed for salmon fishing.

    IFI forward the above advice to the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources who makes the final decision on the catch options each year following a public consultation process.


    Q: What is the conservation limit for a river?
    A: The ‘conservation limit’ for a river is the number of spawning salmon required to produce the next generation of salmon.  The conservation limit is fixed for each river based on the wetted area, latitude and other river specific factors, i.e. the proportion of one sea winter salmon and multi sea winter salmon in the population, the average weight of these salmon, proportions of male and female salmon and average numbers of eggs per female fish.

    Q: How are Adult salmon Returns calculated each year?
    A: The ‘Adult salmon returns’ is determined based on the counter figures where one exists or the rod catch figures (taken from the logbooks) from the most recent 5 years of data with an average figure derived.

    Q: How is the surplus or deficit determined for each river?
    A: The ‘Surplus’ or ‘Deficit’ for each river is determined by subtracting the ‘conservation limit’ from the 5 years average ‘Adult salmon returns’ specific for each river. The % of that rivers ‘conservation limit’ being met enables IFI Management to make recommendations on the catch options association with each individual river.

    Q: What are the criteria for a river being closed / open on a catch and release basis or fully open?
    A: A river meeting less than 65% of its conservation limit will be closed for all salmon fishing (unless catchment wide electrofishing results warrant the river been opened on a catch and release basis).  A river meeting between 65% and 100% of its ‘conservation limit’ can be opened on a catch and release basis for salmon and sea trout (over 40cm).  A river exceeding 100% of its conservation limit can be open to the harvesting of salmon and sea trout if the surplus is sufficient to warrant the harvesting of salmon and sea trout and there is no danger of the quota been exceeded.

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  • How do I report illegal fishing or pollution +

    How do I report a pollution event?

    If you are concerned about the impact of any industrial or construction activity on the aquatic environment or if you discover a fish kill or suspicious discharge into a stream, river or lake you should phone 1890 34 74 24 or for easier recall 1890 FISH 24

    During normal office number you may contact the Environmental Fisheries Officer of your local Inland Fisheries Ireland office using the details below:

    • Blackrock Office. Tel: +353 1 2787022
    • Clonmel Office. Tel: + 353 52 23624
    • Macroom Office. Tel: +353 26 41221
    • Limerick Office. Tel: +353 61 300238
    • Galway Office. Tel: +353 91 563118
    • Ballina Office. Tel: +353 96 22623
    • Ballyshannon Office. Tel: +353 71 9851435

    How do I report illegal fishing or poaching?

    If you think you have witnessed someone fishing illegally or poaching you should  phone  1890 34 74 24 or for easier recall 1890 FISH 24

    During normal office number you may contact the local Inland Fisheries Ireland office using the details below:

    • Blackrock Office. Tel: +353 1 2787022
    • Clonmel Office. Tel: + 353 52 23624
    • Macroom Office. Tel: +353 26 41221
    • Limerick Office. Tel: +353 61 300238
    • Galway Office. Tel: +353 91 563118
    • Ballina Office. Tel: +353 96 22623
    • Ballyshannon Office. Tel: +353 71 9851435
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  • How is the Conservation Limit and Surplus derived ? +

    Q: How is the Conservation Limit and Surplus derived ?

    The Standing Scientific Committee (SSC) for salmon determine the conservation limit and surplus afforded to each individual salmon river within the state following which IFI Management make a recommendation on the future catch options for that river based on the best information available. These recommendations are submitted to the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and following a period of consultation the Minister will make a decision on the future catch options associated with each individual river.

    The ‘conservation limit’ for a river is the number of spawning salmon required to produce the next generation of salmon. The conservation limit is fixed for each river based on the wetted area, latitude and other river specific factors, i.e. the proportion of one sea winter salmon and multi sea winter salmon in the population, the average weight of these salmon, proportions of male and female salmon and average numbers of eggs per female fish.


    The ‘Adult salmon returns’ is determined based on the counter figures where one exists or the rod catch figures (taken from the logbooks) from the most recent 5 years of data with an average figure derived.


    The ‘Surplus’ or ‘Deficit’ for each river is determined by subtracting the ‘conservation limit’ from the 5 years average ‘Adult salmon returns’ specific for each river. The % of that rivers ‘conservation limit’ being met enables IFI Management to make recommendations on the catch options association with each individual river .


    A river meeting less than 65% of its conservation limit will be closed for all salmon fishing (unless catchment wide electrofishing results warrant the river been opened on a catch and release basis). A river meeting between 65% and 100% of its ‘conservation limit’ can be opened on a catch and release basis for salmon and sea trout (over 40cm). A river exceeding 100% of its conservation limit can be open to the harvesting of salmon and sea trout if the surplus is sufficient to warrant the harvesting of salmon and sea trout and there is no danger of the quota been exceeded.






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  • Deep Sea Fish Farm Development in Galway Bay Bay +

    Deep Sea Fish Farm Development in Galway Bay Bay

    Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) is the statutory authority tasked with the responsibility for the conservation, protection and development of the inland fisheries resource and recreational sea angling. Recent legislative changes (SI: 477) have also tasked IFI via the Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR) with additional responsibilities as part of Ireland’s implementation of the Habitats Directive, these include responsibility for the conservation of wild salmon, pollan, shad, smelt and lamprey.

    IFI are the responsible agency in respect of the licensing and management commercial and recreational fishing for salmon, with protection responsibilities at sea out to 12 miles from baselines. Given the organisation’s close involvement with costal and island communities, IFI recognise and understand the pressures that these communities are experiencing. IFI understand clearly the impact that the closure and increased control of inshore fisheries for conservation reasons has had on these local communities. IFI is closely involved in supporting some of the former licenced commercial fishermen in their efforts to diversify out of salmon fishing.

    IFI have been concerned regarding the negative impact of salmon farming on wild sea trout and salmon stocks, particularly in Connemara, since the late 1980’s. Sea lice infestation has been a particular concern. Many of the sites chosen to locate salmon farms were in shallow bays, close to river mouths where existing wild sea trout and salmon stocks existed these were not suitable locations for farming salmon from a wild fish perspective. Multiple farms in bays with two year classes of fish in close proximity lead to husbandry problems and lack of ability to control sea lice. While there has been an improvement in sea lice control recently, aided by lower stocking densities, fewer sites, and single generation sites, some existing locations remain a threat to wild salmonid stocks due to their proximity to rivers and problems with maintaining farm lice levels at a level whereby they do not impact on wild fisheries. IFI and its predecessors the Central and Regional Fisheries Boards have consistently sought the re-location of such farms away from river mouths. In this context, the proposal for a deep sea salmon farm in a more off-shore location is a move in the right direction. While such a location is not likely to encounter the same problems associated with farms in shallow bays close to river mouths, a more off-shore deep sea location is not without potential for negative impacts of wild salmon and sea trout stocks. The scale of the present proposal is of very significant concern as it provides for a greater production tonnage of salmon at this one location than is currently being produced nationally. In the past salmon farms were considered large when they were licensed for a harvest of 2000 tons – the current proposal is for a farm harvesting 15,000 tonnes based in two sites in Galway Bay. The comments of IFI on the EIS for this proposal are set out below.

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  • Infomar +

    Use of Large Protection Vessels to police illegal fishing and co-operation with other agencies

    What are the Cosantoir Bradan and the Bradan Beatha?

    These are two Large Patrol Vessels (LPV) which were used for the monitoring of the salmon driftnet fishery in inshore waters by the predecessors to Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI), the Central and Regional Boards.

    Are these boats still in use?

    The Bradan Beatha is now used by IFI to police illegal activity in inshore waters on an on-going basis. The nature of the fishery has changed and the deployment of the Bradan Beatha is to assist in the prevention of illegal salmon fishing and augment other methods in use such as Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) and Personal Water Craft (PWC) patrols.

    The Cosantoir Bradan is now in use as a Geographical Survey Ireland (GSI) Survey Vessel. As and from October 11, 2012, this vessel will used as the INFOMAR Survey vessel. Information is available from

    Are there any synergies?

    The Cosantoir Bradan will get create maps which IFI can use for the marketing of Wreck Angling. It will also provide excellent coastal mapping which will aid anglers in choosing appropriate fishing spots.

    Is this a loss of protection capacity for IFI?

    No, the nature of IFIs work has changed since the closure of the drift net fishery. Policing illegal activity needs to be immediate, effective and focused. The combined use of intelligence, RIBs, PWCs and the Bradan Beatha provide a more efficient reactive response. IFIs staff compliment has also decreased and can be better deployed on shorter, more focused operations.

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  • What rights does an angler have to lawfully fish without being obstructed? +

    It is an offence to obstruct and angler who is fishing lawfully.

    As per the Fisheries (Consolidation) Act 1959 Part XV11, Section 287

    ‘If any person obstructs any person lawfully engaged in fishing or in proceeding to or in returning from lawful fishing, such first-mentioned person shall be guilty of an offence under this section and shall be liable on summary conviction thereof to a fine not exceeding five pounds.’
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  • What if a trout/pike or other non salmon angler catches a kelt? +

    If a kelt is caught accidentally by a an angler when fishing for a species other than sea trout or salmon he cannot record it if he does not hold a salmon licence. He must return it safely to the water immediately.


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  • Is it legal to kill a kelt or baggot? +

    You may not kill a kelt or baggot under Irish fisheries laws. All unseasonable salmon and trout must carefully be returned. Unseasonable fish are defined as any salmon or trout which is about to spawn, or which has spawned and has not recovered from spawning.

    ref: FISHERIES (CONSOLIDATION) ACT, 1959 - Part XI, Chapter 3, 176.

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  • What are the legal methods of taking fish in freshwater +

    Q: What are the legal methods of taking fish in freshwater?
    A: The only legal method of taking a fish (any species) in freshwater is by rod and line. – The use of nightlines & hand lines is illegal.
    Bye-law 897 of 2012 prohibits the use of any fish hooks, other than single barbless hooks, and the use of worms as bait in angling for all species of fish in the waters specified at the following link: ANGLING BYE-LAW NO. 897, 2012 [.pdf, 19 KB]

    Q. Can I use live fish as bait in freshwater?
    A. It is illegal to have or to use live fish as bait.

    Q. How many rods can I use when fishing in freshwater?
    A. A person may fish with not more than two rods at any time.

    Q: Can I leave a rod unattended?
    A: The placing of a rod unattended on the banks of any river or lake is illegal – any rod being actively used for fishing must be attended. An unattended rod is termed a fixed engine.

    Q. Can I keep a foul hooked fish?
    A. No, it is the killing and possession of foul hooked fish (i.e fish not hooked in the mouth) is prohibited.

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  • Do kelts or baggots need to be recorded in my logbook +

    Q: Do kelts or baggots need to be recorded in my logbook?
    A: Yes. All salmon (or sea trout over 40cm) caught need to be recorded in an anglers logbook. This is both a legal requirement and for gathering scientific data. Any salmon caught which is clearly a kelt from the previous season should be clearly identified as such in the entry. This is very useful data for Inland Fisheries Ireland so we appreciate anglers’ assistance in identifying such catches. If you’re not sure how to recognise a kelt see here (link to Q below).

    Q: What is a kelt?
    A: After spawning a salmon is called a kelt. A kelt is normally in poor condition but recovering to go to sea. In the act they would be termed unseasonable fish. Kelts start to drop downstream and begin eating to recover their condition. Female fish are the most likely to survive spawning because they head downstream immediately after laying their eggs. However, males remain in the vicinity of the redds looking for new females and fighting amongst themselves to mate with them. As a result, the majority of male kelts die in the rivers. The nutrients from their dead bodies are recycled into the food chain and benefit future generations.

    Q: What is a baggot?
    A baggot has different interpretations. Some say they are late running fish that never spawned or which have still to spawn. Others say they are fish which for some reason have failed to spawn at the appropriate time. In such cases the eggs may be degenerating and no longer viable. Either way baggots would also be termed unseasonable fish.

    Q: How can I identify a kelt?
    A: A kelt can be fully silvered but with a bit of a blue hue and can sometimes be mistaken for ‘clean’ fish (one which has entered the river and yet to spawn). However, kelts are in poor condition compared with clean fish, being thin and lanky in appearance with a soft body. The vent is often distended due to spawning and the belly is flat and hollow. Its fins and tail may be damaged or torn and it could have maggots in the gills. Kelts are aggressive feeders and easily caught. They often rest in slower areas of rivers.

    Q: How can I identify a baggot?
    A: Baggots are generally well proportioned and dark coloured, not dissimilar in appearance to coloured hens but their bellies are flabby. However, baggots can be distinguished from coloured hens by their soft flesh, distended bellies and sometimes open vents. Baggots can sometimes be caught in the spring on early rivers.

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    Q: Where can I find information on going fishing in Ireland?

    A: For all angling information, please refer to our angling website at

    Q: Where can I find the current salmon angling regulations?

    A: Please see here for up to date information on salmon angling regulations in Ireland.

    Q: Where can I find out about salmon fishing in Ireland?

    Please see here for information on salmon fishing in Ireland

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    Q: Where can I find out about Fisheries Awareness Week?

    A: Please refer to our Fisheries Awareness website for information on FAW 2012. As FAW 2013 draws closer, please check back for event information.

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    Q: Is sponsorship available for angling events?

    A: Yes. However, the deadline for receipt of applications for the sponsorship in 2012 has now passed.

    IFI, depending on the availability of funds, hope to provide sponsorship (funding and/or support) to groups, associations, clubs or other appropriate bodies to assist with events/items which meet the aims of the IFI Sponsorship Programme and advance the awareness of the inland fisheries resource, recreational angling and IFI in 2013. Further details will be announced here later in the year.

    The IFI Sponsorship Programme aims to increase awareness of IFI, its work, recreational angling and the inland fisheries resource. IFI may support events on the basis of:

    • Location and nature of the Event;
    • Potential of the Event to introduce new users to angling in an active capacity, i.e. not just as spectators;
    • Educate/Inform stakeholders of angling/environmental/commercial salmon fisheries/habitat issues;
    • Development of non-established Events;
    • An even distribution of sponsorship across all angling disciplines and all River Basin Districts;
    • Events which include participants from some of the groups listed; people of different; ages, political opinion, race, religious belief, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, people with dependants, people with a disability, and members of the traveller community, are particularly welcome.

    Events which will not be considered include

    • The provision of hospitality, where the hospitality is the central or core aspect to the support sought from IFI;
    • Events where the primary function of the Event is fund-raising;
    • Events, which in the view of IFI, are economically viable without financial support from IFI; and
    • Capital projects such as acquiring or developing new or existing buildings, infrastructure development or acquiring/maintaining equipment.
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    Q: I am a wheelchair user. Where can I go fishing in Ireland?

    A: Please follow this link to a map of disabled angling stands in Ireland.


    Q: Is there advice available on the construction of wheelchair accessible angling stands?

    A: Inland Fisheries Ireland is committed to improving and promoting access to angling facilities. Working with stakeholders we endeavour to improve the public’s angling experience.

    A guide has been developed in consultation with the National Disability Authority (NDA), People with Disabilities in Ireland (PWDI) the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) and the National Council for the Blind in Ireland (NCBI).

    There are many barriers experienced by disabled anglers when trying to participate in their leisure activity. For example people may have access issues where there is limited parking, fence crossings, cattle grids, steps or steep slopes. Easy and safe access to the water’s edge is critical to ensure effective participation by all.

    The guide is divided into two parts; part 1 covers the standards of facilities provided to anglers visiting a location while part 2 deals with specifications for the construction of angling platforms, pegs and swims.

    It is essential that all aspects of accessibility (parking, pathways and angling stands) be addressed collectively to ensure viable usage by all anglers.

    Please note that this is a guidance document and more detailed best practice information is available in BS 8300 Design of building and their approaches to meet the needs of disabled people and the British Disabled Angling Association guidance document. It is recommended that you consult these documents before completing the design process.

    This document shall be made available in alternative formats on request.

    IFI Guide to Accessible Angling Stands 2011.pdf

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    Q: Can I trap signal crayfish?

    A: There are no signal crayfish or non-native crayfish in Ireland.  The trapping of crayfish is illegal as they are endangered. You can apply for a licence to carry out monitoring under the Wildlife Act which is enforced by National Parks and Wildlife Service.  There is a useful manual on their website. The local NPWS ranger will be able to help with any further queries.


    Draft Nets and Snap Nets Bye Law No 906

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  • Lagarosiphon Control in Lough Corrib +

    Lagarosiphon Control in Lough Corrib

    Why is Lough Corrib so important?
    The Corrib Catchment constitutes an environmental resource of major international
    importance. Lough Corrib itself is the second largest lake in Ireland (circa 18,000 ha) and is
    one of the few large alkaline lakes remaining in Western Europe that is capable of supporting significant stocks of wild salmonid fishes. The quality wild salmon and brown trout fishing available makes Lough Corrib a major national tourist angling destination.

    What is Lagarosiphon and what damage can it cause?
    Lagarosiphon major (Curly leaved waterweed) is a high priority invasive species in freshwater systems. It was introduced to Ireland by the horticulture industry as an oxygenating weed for use in artificial lakes and ponds. It originated in Southern Africa. It was probably introduced into the lake from an artificial pond in the upper catchment.

    It was first identified in 2005 in a few sheltered bays along the western shore of the upper lake. It is estimated that the weed was first introduced into the lake in the early 1990s. Since that time the weed has expanded its range and, by 2011, it was present in more than 160 bays in the upper and middle lake. Results from studies conducted by IFI has demonstrated that, if Lagarosiphon was to colonise all suitable habitat in the lake, it would overgrow some 11,000 ha or 61% of the area of this national aquatic resource.

    No Lagarosiphon has yet been recorded in lower Lough Corrib and it is important that IFI and all stakeholder groups work together to ensure that it is not introduced here. The lower lake is shallow (mean depth circa 3m) and presents an ideal habitat for Lagarosiphon. If it becomes established in this basin it could totally overgrow this large expanse of water. The consequences for the ecology and amenity use of this area would be enormous but could possibly be overshadowed by the risks posed by water retention and consequent flooding.

    At sites in Lough Corrib where Lagarosiphon has successfully established it has adversely impacted native plant, insect and fish communities. It also completely fills the water column and restricts water movement, which can result in elevated water levels during times of high rainfall.

    What was done by IFI when Lagarosiphon was first identified?
    In light of the known environmental and economic impacts that Lagarosiphon could have on Lough Corrib, a special Lagarosiphon Task Force was convened within weeks of the initial discovery of the weed. The objective of this Group was to propose coordinated actions that would help control the weed. Specifically, the Group would identify and source funds that would be used to conduct research into a diversity of methods that might control the spread of this invasive weed, and to raise awareness of the dangers that it poses.

    What agencies collaborated with IFI in the fight against Lagarosiphon?
    This Lagarosiphon Action Group comprised personnel from agencies including Central and Western Regional Fisheries Boards (now IFI), the National Parks and Wildlife Service, the Office of Public Works and Galway County Council, and the Heritage Council by way of funding.

    Who funded research to identify control methods for Lagarosiphon?
    Written proposals for funding to conduct research into the ecology of the plant and appropriate control methods were prepared by the Lagarosiphon Action Group in 2006 and 2007. The proposals were forwarded to a number of State bodies and agencies, and sufficient funding to permit the commencement of research activities on the lake was received from NPWS, OPW, Galway Co. Co. and the Western River Basin District. Subsequently, funding to continue research was secured from the EU Life+ fund to cover the period from 2009 to date. Additional funding has been received from the Heritage Council, Galway County Council and Galway City Council.

    What weed control methods were initially considered to tackle Lagarosiphon?
    The weed control methods that were selected for trial purposes on Lough Corrib were carefully considered and were informed by practical experience in Irish aquatic situations and based on best practice abroad. These included: manual removal using scuba divers, mechanical control and harvesting using traditional and innovative devices, light interception using black plastic and other materials and selected, approved aquatic herbicides.

    Considerable focus was placed on research into the life cycle traits of the weed in an attempt to find a weak link that may be exploited.

    What weed control methods were ultimately used to control Lagarosiphon?
    Following extensive trials work with a variety of methods, the following proved most successful and contributed best to the removal of the weed from infested areas: manual removal using divers in areas where the plant is present with low abundance; mechanical cutting with paired V-blades or cutting knives, followed by meticulous weed harvesting; the approved aquatic herbicide Casoron G; and light exclusion using jute matting.

    Why was the decision made to use aquatic herbicides in Lough Corrib?
    The decision to trial the aquatic herbicide Casoron G on Lagarosiphon in Lough Corrib was based on more than 20 years’ positive experience using this product for aquatic weed control throughout Ireland and because of the excellent results that had been achieved using it for weed management in watercourses in the UK and in Europe. Scientific research conducted within IFI and abroad has clearly demonstrated that, where Casoron G is used according to manufacturer’s guidelines, it has little or no adverse impact on non-target organisms (be they plants, insects, fish or mammals).

    Is Casoron G an approved herbicide for use in water?
    Casoron G had full approval for use in aquatic situations by the Pesticide Control Service of the Department of Agriculture at the time it was used in Lough Corrib.

    What is Casoron G?
    Casoron G is a granular herbicide that contains 6.75% active ingredient (dichlobenil). The chemical name of dichlobenil is 2,6-dichlorobenzonitrile. Dichlobenil is metabolised by bacteria and microfauna in the mud to produce 2,6- dichlorobenzamide (BAM)

    How does Casoron G operate?
    The Casoron G granules are applied to the water surface directly above the area of lake to be treated. They sink directly to the lake bed from where the active ingredient (dichlobenil) is adsorbed onto the mud particles before being translocated through the target plant. Dichlobenil is poorly soluble in water and, as a consequence, there is a minimum of lateral movement in the mud. Thus, plants (or animals) that are not directly targeted by the granules are not impacted. This property of the herbicide is one of the reasons why IFI scientists favoured this herbicide for weed management purposes over others.

    The dichlobenil residue in water almost completely dissipates in 5 to 6 months.

    Dichlobenil affects growing points (interferes with cellulose production) in the plant and the herbicidal activity is characterised by a powerful inhibition of plant growth. It is particularly effective on young, growing plants. Rooted, submerged aquatic plants are most susceptible.

    Are there any restrictions or exclusions pertaining to the use of Casoron G?
    The product label indicates no restriction or exclusion from its use in water systems, once its use is approved by the appropriate regulatory agencies.

    Has registration for dichlobenil been withdrawn by Europe?
    The registration of all dichlobenil products (including Casoron G) was revoked in Ireland from 18th March 2009, under Commission Decision 2008/754/EC of 18th September 2008. A period of grace for the disposal, storage, placing on the market and use of existing stocks expired on 18th March 2010.

    When did IFI last use Casoron G in Lough Corrib?
    The controlled, targeted and localised use of Casoron G was continued until March 2010. Subsequent to this, IFI received an emergency derogation, in writing, from the Pesticide Control Service of the Department of Agriculture to treat localised patches of Lagarosiphon. The last application of Casoron G in Lough Corrib was made on 27th January 2011.

    Does Casoron G effectively kill Lagarosiphon?
    Trial results conducted in Lough Corrib indicated that Casoron G effectively and efficiently killed Lagarosiphon.

    Is Casoron G used for wide-scale Lagarosiphon treatment in Lough Corrib?
    Based on the positive results achieved during trials with Casoron G, it was decided to use it to treat relatively small and localised Lagarosiphon stands, particularly where no other control method was feasible. This included very shallow weed beds and small areas of lake where rock outcrops prevented access to weed cutting or jute matting boats. The majority of the sites treated in the lake between 2006 and 2011 measured less than 100 m2. Treatment sites were very localised and none were in the vicinity of water supply take-off points.
    The area of Lough Corrib treated with Casoron G between 2006 and 2011, the quantity of Casoron G used each year during that period and the percentage of the total lake area treated are presented in the table below:









    Area treated (m2)









    Herbicide used (kg)









    % lake area treated









    Are the after-effects of Casoron G on water quality and native plants, insects and fishes scientifically monitored?
    Results from extensive research conducted abroad recorded ‘no detrimental effects to water chemistry’ from the use of Casoron G as recommended by the manufacturers.
    Work conducted in US showed that, after 50 days, no dichlobenil could be detected in Chara (this is an aquatic plant species that is the cornerstone of productivity in Lough Corrib).

    IFI has an ongoing monitoring programme on Lough Corrib, operated over the 12-month cycle. Water quality is assessed at sites in the upper, middle and lower lakes on a monthly basis and this intensive programme has been in place since late 2009. No adverse effects from the use of Casoron G have been recorded through this sampling programme. Galway County Council also runs a comprehensive sampling programme on Lough Corrib and report that the water used for drinking purposes continues to be in full compliance with standards in the EU drinking water regulations.

    In addition, IFI regularly monitors the status of native aquatic plant, insect and fish communities in Lough Corrib. Results from regular surveys of each of these biotic communities have revealed the presence healthy populations throughout the lake, accepting the normal dynamic cycles that occur in nature. It is noteworthy that, in a number of areas where Lagarosiphon has been successfully removed using Casoron G., native plant and insect species have recolonized and virtually pre-Lagarosiphon conditions have been re-established.

    Is Casoron G toxic to insects, fish or mammals?
    Research conducted in the UK and the US concluded that the addition of dichlobenil to waters at recommended rates had no direct toxic effect on aquatic insects.
    Similarly, there are no toxic effects to fish, particularly where the total area of water treated at any one time is less than 20% of the total surface area (as is the case in any treatment applied to Lough Corrib). Analytical results from the dissection of large numbers of fish, representing all species, that were captured during the IFI Water Framework Directive fish stock surveys of 2008 and 2011 revealed no liver tumours or obvious damage to the reproductive organs of these Lough Corrib fishes.

    Analytical results suggest that acute mammalian toxicity to dichlobenil is low and, at the levels used in the lake, there is an enormous safety margin. Toxicity data suggests that the acute mammalian toxicity of dichlobenil is low (for rats and mice) and, when used at recommended rates there is an enormous safety margin. A yearling cow would need to drink about 6,250 l of water that contains the recommended herbicidal dose before registering any harmful effect.

    As no Casoron G has been used in the lake since 27th January 2011, there is no chemical residue remaining in the lake substrate.

    Dichlobenil is virtually immobile in still or slow flowing waters and even that small element of the chemical that may enter into solution following spraying will be diluted to undetectable limits in a very short period, particularly in a lake as vast as Lough Corrib. The product is designed in a manner that ensures practically all of the active ingredient is actively adsorbed onto the mud particles on the lake bed, leaving only minute quantities to enter into solution in the water.

    What will happen now that Casoron G has been withdrawn?
    IFI is confident that the correct decision was made by the collective of State agencies to use Casoron G to treat inaccessible and localised population of the highly invasive weed Lagarosiphon in Lough Corrib. The herbicide worked in an environmentally safe and effective manner, and yielded excellent results in respect of invasive weed control. In its absence it will be necessary to deploy more time consuming methods, such as manual removal using divers, to effectively treat these less accessible lake areas.

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  • Lough Sheelin Fish Survey +

    Lough Sheelin Fish Survey

    Why Survey L. Sheelin?

    Annual surveys of the fish stocks in L. Sheelin have been carried out since 1978. Changes in the status of fish stocks in this water have allowed IFI to “keep their finger on the pulse” in relation the major changes which have place in the ecology of so many of our freshwater lakes over the last 40 years. IFI is charged, under statute, with the management and conservation of our freshwater fisheries. Clearly, understandings of the ecological changes which take place in this resource are crucial to managing this resource both efficiently and effectively – annual monitoring of changes in L. Sheelin provide one with an insight in the changes across a broad range of fisheries.

    Survey Timing

    Most Irish lake stock surveys have been carried out in late February/ March. To ensure that the results of the L. Sheelin surveys, from year to year are comparable and in line with the general survey data base for other lakes it was critical that this exercise be carried out now. Fishes are cold blooded animals –their activity level is controlled by water temperatures. By surveying in February/ March catches are limited and 30% to 50% of all fish captured can be released unharmed – sufficient data can still be generated to evaluate the status of stocks.

    Is this time of year not particularly hazardous to pike?

    The pike spawning areas in L. Sheelin are very widespread with no significant concentration of individuals in a limited geographic area. Consequently spawning pike, per se, will not be a specific target of this survey over and above other fish groups – it must be stressed that this is a fish stock survey exercise, not a pike management programme.

    Survey Catches relative to Stocks

    It must be stressed that this netting exercise is a survey of all fish stock species. Data indicates that the proportion of any species captured in such a survey is usually ≤ 0.1% of the stock of any species present in the case of the current L. Sheelin survey circa half of the fish captured of all species will be released alive.

    What happens to the fish that are killed?

    All fish that fail to survive the gill netting operation will be used for scientific purposes. Each fish will be measured, weighed, aged and have their stomach contents examined. This information will be analysed to provide information on the age cohorts of each fish species present, their relative growth rates, their feeding patterns and other relevant information.Fish scales will be retained for possible subsequent genetic or other use.

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    Q: What’s happening in Lough Corrib and Lough Mask with ferox trout?

    Ferox trout are large lake trout known to be genetically separate from the normal brown trout stock. These fish have being heavily exploited by angling in the recent past and little is known of their biology or spawning locations in major Irish lakes. A radio telemetry project began in 2005 to tag Ferox trout in Lough Corrib in an attempt to determine spawning locations with a view to protecting the stock for the long term. Over the three year period, 2005-2007, eighty Ferox trout were tagged in Lough Corrib. By radio tracking at spawning time, it was found that 82% of tagged trout were recorded in the Cong River. This tributary of Lough Corrib has been shown to be the primary spawning location for Ferox trout in the Corrib catchment. As a result of the findings of this study, a conservation bye-law was introduced in 2008 on the Cong River and Cong Canal to protect the spawning ferox trout population.

    The study moved to the Lough Mask catchment in 2008 when 32 ferox trout were radio-tagged to determine spawning locations. A further 35 ferox trout were tagged in 2009 and 24 in 2010. The Cong canal, which connects Lough Mask and Lough Corrib, has been shown to be the primary spawning location of ferox trout from Lough Mask. Ferox were also recorded spawning in the Glensaul and Carhernagower rivers. Radio tracking with the assistance of the Air Corps greatly improved the detection of radio tagged fish. A three year battery life for tags will allow detection of tagged fish until 2012. A proposed outcome of the research project is to introduce conservation measures to protect ferox trout on the principle spawning streams of Lough Mask.

    For further information please contact:

    Dr. Patrick Gargan
    Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Tel:   +353 (0)1 884 2600

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    Q: Where have brown trout genetics been studied?

    A: In 2011 three brown trout genetics research programmes were completed. The programmes in question were as follows;

    Q: Why study brown trout genetics?

    A: There were a number of objectives in relation to these projects;

    • To establish the “status quo” in relation to the genetic diversity of trout stocks in each of these areas – similar projects, already completed for the Mask and Corrib catchments, illustrated that there were identifiable  separate genetic subpopulations in all sub catchments which allowed one to assess the contribution of individual sub catchments to the adult “mixed stock” in each lake.  In the case of the Boyne and Suir Catchments it was hoped that the studies would enable one to assess the contribution of individual tributaries to the main stem stock and establish the extent, if any, to which there were individual main stem populations.
    • All sub catchments in the Boyne and the main stem itself, downstream to Navan, were subject to an arterial drainage scheme largely carried out in the 1970’s. In contrast arterial drainage programmes in the Suir Catchment have been very limited in extent and largely confined to the Clodiagh and localised reaches in the Thurles area. It was hoped that a comparison of these two genetic studies (Boyne and Suir) would shed light on the extent, if any, to which arterial drainage might have altered (simplified) genetic diversity in the Boyne trout stocks.
    • If the data from these studies provided one with the same complexity of detail evident in the Corrib and Mask Catchments then the results would prove invaluable in fishery management terms particularly in relation to the Boyne where large scale river enhancement programmes are in progress.
    • All of the Lough Ennell spawning and nursery streams were subject to arterial drainage programmes in the 1950’s.In the 1970’s a persistent major cultural eutrophication problem lead to a virtual collapse of wild trout stocks in this fishery. When this problem was resolved in the late 1970’s major trout stocking programmes took place, both directly to the lake and into all the spawning and nursery streams. Subsequently in the 1990’s a major stream enhancement programme took place to improve the morphology and ecology of the channels thereby increasing trout production. While this programme was successful, leading to a doubling of the adult trout stock in the lake in recent years, two outstanding questions remain unanswered;

    A – Did the drainage programme in the 1950’s lead to a simplification of the genetic nature of trout stocks in the various sub catchments?

    B – Could the large scale stocking programmes to both L. Ennell directly and its stream catchments have altered the genetic nature of the trout stocks in this area?

    It was hoped that this study would help to answer the above questions.

    For more information on these projects and the results to date please see here.

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  • What insurances do i need to consider? +

    Insurance Requirements for Angling Clubs/Applicants 

    Each Angling Club/Applicant shall ensure that they shall effect and keep in force during the duration of the services at their own cost, with a reputable insurance company, such levels of insurance cover as may be required to meet its potential liabilities under this Agreement, which shall include, without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing:

    Public/Product Liability Insurance with the minimum limit of indemnity being no less than €6,500,000 in respect of each and every occurrence, unlimited in the period of insurance but in the annual aggregate for Products Liability. This policy should also provide confirmation that the Public/Products liability policy provides cover for;

    1. Accidental Pollution. 
    2. Member to Member Liability. 
    3. A specific indemnity in favour of Inland Fisheries Ireland and landowners. 

    Employers Liability Insurance with the minimum limit of indemnity provided being no less than €13,000,000 in respect of each and every occurrence and unlimited in the period of insurance.

    This policy shall also provide confirmation that the Employers Liability policy;

                 (1) include a specific indemnity in favour of Inland Fisheries Ireland and landowners. 

     Insurance Requirements for Contractors 

    Each Angling Club/Applicant shall ensure that their Contractor(s) shall effect and keep in force during the duration of the services at their own cost, with a reputable insurance company, such levels of insurance cover as may be required to meet its potential liabilities under this Agreement, which shall include, without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing: 

    •  Public/Product Liability Insurance with the minimum limit of indemnity being no less than €6,500,000 in respect of each and every occurrence, unlimited in the period of insurance but in the annual aggregate for Products Liability. This policy should also provide confirmation that the Public/Products liability policy provides cover for accidental pollution. (Higher limit of indemnity may be required based on the specific project and the level of exposure).
    • Employers Liability Insurance with the minimum limit of indemnity provided being no less than €13,000,000 in respect of each and every occurrence and unlimited in the period of insurance. 
    • Contractors All Risks insurance to cover material loss or damage to the contract works with a sum insured for no less than the value of the contract.  
    • Professional Indemnity Insurance for those professionals who are providing design, plan or specification services for a fee, with the minimum limit of indemnity of €2 Million each and every occurrence. The cover to be maintained for a period of 6 years after the certification of completion of the services.   

    A specific indemnity should be provided on all Contractor(s) policies in favour of Inland Fisheries Ireland and the landowner).

    Each Angling Club/Applicant shall obtain and furnish confirmation to Inland Fisheries Ireland that the required relevant insurances are in place (from both the Applicant and Contractor), including the specific indemnity in favour of Inland Fisheries Ireland and landowners (for all policies) prior to the performance of any of the said services.

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  • How do I get landowner agreements? +

    You can find out the ownership of land through the land registry on or through local knowledge. You must have consent from landowners prior to a funding application being submitted.  Proof of consent must be submitted on the relevant landowner agreement sheet accompanying the application form.  Written landowner consent is required if you need to cross someones land to gain access to the river and to ensure landowners are in agreement with the proposed works.

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  • Do i require fishing rights to carry out works on the river? +

    In general yes, title to the fishery may be in the form of a lease from Inland Fisheries Ireland, Coillte or the Electricity Supply Board.  Whatever the situation, land owner agreements must also be in place before works can proceed.

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  • How will i know if my project is within a designated site? +

    Designated sites can be classified as Natural Heritage Areas (NHA’s), Special Protected Areas (SPA’s), Special Areas of Conservation (SAC’s) or Natura 2000 site.  National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) provide a map viewer and project locator tool to outline where all the protected sites are within the country.  Use the following link to connect to the map viewer. .

    • Simply select the county and townland to view your project location on the map or use the zoom feature.
    • Turn on the layers list from the toolbar to show up any designated sites.
    • Any designated sites will show up as a series of coloured grids.
    • By selecting legend from the toolbar, you can distinguish the type of designated area identified.

    If the proposed project is within a coloured grid, the site is under protection by NPWS and you will need to contact National Parks and Wildlife Service and obtain the required permission before works can proceed.  All contact details for local wildlife officers are listed at this link.

    If this proposed project is in an SAC, NHA or SPA can I proceed without consulting National Parks and Wildlife Service? No
    All projects within the above areas must have a letter of authorisation from NPWS before submission.  It is advisable to use this map viewer before submitting any applications to IFI.


    If this proposed project is within a flood plain I need to consult the Office of Public Works (OPW) who are the lead agency for flood risk management in Ireland.

    Contact details for the OPW can be obtained from the following link


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  • How do I get a Tax Clearance Certificate? +


    Assuming a customer's tax affairs are in order, the required application form for a Tax Clearance Certificate can be obtained from the Revenue Commissioners.  You must have a Tax Registration number before you can apply for a Tax Clearance Cert which is also obtained from your local tax office. 

    Angling Clubs will need to complete a registration form for voluntary non-profit making organisations available here:

    Registration form for voluntary non-profit making organisations.pdf


    and forward it to your local tax office.  You will be issued with a revenue registration number (tax number).  Once you have been issued with a registration number you can apply for a tax clearance certificate using form TC1 available below:

    Other applicants can also use form TC1 to apply for a Tax Clearance Certificate (assuming the applicant already has a PPS number, registration number etc.)

    Application forms can be downloaded here:

     Application for a Tax Clearance Certificate TC1.pdf

    TC1 application forms can be downloaded or completed on-line using the following weblink:


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  • What else do i need to consider before applying for funding? +

    Before preparing my application i will need to consider

    • Who owns the fishing right of the fishery 
    • Do I require landowner permissions to access the site
    • I will require an Angling Club Constitution if I am an Angling club
    • I will require a Memo/Articles of Association if I am a Company
    • I will require a PPS number if I am an individual
    • Is the project within a designated site.  (SAC, NHA, SPA, Natura 2000)
    • Do I require permissions from ESB, OPW, NPWS or local Authority
    • 3 quotations will be require for all proposed expenditure exceeding €500
    • A valid tax clearance certificate will be required by all applicants to ensure tax compliance
    • What insurances do I need to consider (i will also need to indemnify Inland Fisheries Ireland against any accident, losses, claims or liability arising from the proposed project)


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  • What happens my application once it is lodged with IFI? +

    1. Inland Fisheries Ireland will acknowledge receipt of the application.  Each application shall be allocated a project reference number.  This reference number shall be used in all future correspondence relating to this project.  On receipt of applications each IFI Director shall review the application and assess the project in terms of its fit with the Salmon Conservation Fund Scheme. This may involve a site visit and/or discussions with the project promoter.
    2. Once the assessment is complete the IFI Director makes a recommendation on the project either ‘accepting for evaluation’ or ‘rejecting with reasons for same’.
    3. If the contributor application is rejected, you will be advised with reasons for its unsuitability by the IFI Director and recommendations for changes/improvements may be given.
    4. If the application is accepted and complete with all supporting documentation in place (including tax clearance cert, landowner permissions, IFI/NPWS/OPW/P.P. approvals etc.) the applications will be forwarded for assessment to an evaluation committee April and forwarded to the Management Committee for final approval. 
    5. Letters of offer/regret will be circulated to all applicants following final approval (ideally this will be the end of April/early May so works can commence from May onwards.  
    6. The letter of offer will be made up of a contractual agreement between IFI and the Project Promoter.  There shall be 2 copies of this agreement circulated to each project promoter for signing, one to be retained by the promoter and the other by IFI along with a Section 59 Authorisation of the Fisheries Act 2010’ permitting instream works. 

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  • What are the deadlines for submitting an application to the Fund? +

    The application process for 2015 is open with applications to be received by Thursday 14th May 2015.



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  • Where do I submit my application to? +

    Completed 'Contributor Application Forms' shall be returned to your local IFI office for the attention of the IFI Director. Addresses are given below:
    Salmon Conservation Fund,
    Inland Fisheries Ireland - Blackrock,
    15a Main Street,
    Co. Dublin.


    Salmon Conservation Fund,
    Inland Fisheries Ireland – Clonmel,
    Anglesea Street,
    Co. Tipperary.


    Salmon Conservation Fund,
    Inland Fisheries Ireland - Macroom,
    Sunnyside House,
    Co. Cork.


    Salmon Conservation Fund,
    Inland Fisheries Ireland – Limerick,
    Ashbourne Business Park,
    Dock Road,


    Salmon Conservation Fund,
    Inland Fisheries Ireland- Galway,
    Teach Breac,
    Earl's Island,


    Salmon Conservation Fund,
    Inland Fisheries Ireland –Ballina,
    Ardnaree House,
    Abbey Street,
    Co. Mayo.


    Salmon Conservation Fund,
    Inland Fisheries Ireland – Ballyshannon,
    Station Road,
    Co. Donegal.


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  • Amount of funding available? +

    It is envisaged that the fund will be divided between a range of contributor projects to a guide of €15,000 per project.  Larger scale projects will be considered which are submitted by IFI.

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  • Criteria for assessing projects? +

    Projects that have been approved by the IFI Director will be assessed by the evaluation committee.
    Projects will be assessed and scored on an 11 point scale as follows;

    1.  Conservation Limit (0-2 pts.).
         Rivers below the CL scores 2 points.
         Rivers with a CL between 100%-120% scores 1 point.
         Rivers exceeding 120% of the CL scores 0.2. 

    2. Water Quality (1-5pts)
        Based on the Q-Value a score of between 1-5 is allocated to the river.
        (A Q-value of 1 scores 1 point.  A Q-value of 5 scores 5 points).

    3.  The maximum benefit of the project to the river (1-4)
         A score of between 1-4 is allocated to the maximum benefit of each project to the river. 

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  • Who can apply? +

    Contributors to the Salmon Conservation Fund which may include angling clubs, commercial fishermen and fishery owners with an interest in a salmon fishery and who have purchased a salmon angling or commercial fishing licence.

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  • What qualifies for funding under the Salmon Conservation Fund? +

    • Fish passage improvement. (E.g. removal of barriers, modification of weirs, and construction of fish passes etc)
    • Spawning enhancement (addition/raking of gravel or cleaning of existing substrates)
    • Instream structures (weirs, deflectors, rubble mats, random boulders etc.)
    • River Bank protection (rock armour, log revetment etc.)
    • Fencing (protection of river banks including fences, stiles, cattle drinks etc.)
    • Riparian zone improvement (tree pruning and strategic tree planting)
    • Removal & control of exotic invasives (e.g. Rhododendron, Japanese knotweed, Asian Clam, Chub etc.)
    • Feasibility studies (which lead to future projects under the above headings to maximum of 50% funding or €2000 whichever is less)
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  • What is the NSAD? +

    What is the NSAD?

    Inland Fisheries Ireland has consulted previously on the preparation of a National Angling Development Plan. Following its consultation and research undertaken by IFI, IFI has prepared the National Strategy for Angling Development (NSAD).

    The National Strategy for Angling Development (NSAD) 2015-2020 is the first comprehensive national framework for the development of our angling resource. The strategy will deliver a wide-ranging set of investments, innovations and promotions over the coming five years. This will ensure that our fish stocks and angling infrastructure are protected and enhanced for both their economic value and their recreational benefit to the communities and visitors they serve across Ireland. Effective and sustainable implementation of the strategy will ensure stability of existing jobs and businesses reliant on angling and the creation of new jobs as the economic impact of angling grows. 

    The strategy will also ensure that our angling resource is protected and conserved in an environmentally sustainable manner for future generations to enjoy. Fundamentally, this strategy will strive to make angling an accessible and attractive pursuit for all. In this regard, the strategy is the foremost statement of intent for the future of our angling resource since the establishment of IFI in 2010.

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  • Who can make submission? +

    The consultation is open to all submissions. Submissions can be made by individuals, angling clubs, landowners, organisations, any other stakeholder or any other party with an interest in the development and improvement of Irish angling and/or fisheries.

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  • What format should the submission be in? +

    Submission must be in writing and may be on the templates provided or by email or letter. 

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  • Where do I send my submission? +

    Please note - this public consultation is now closed. Sincere thanks to all those who submitted projects and observations.

    A dedicated e-mail address has been set up to receive email submissions regarding the NADP. Submissions may also be marked ‘NADP – public consultation’ and addressed to 

    Suzanne Campion, 
    Head of Business Development, 
    Inland Fisheries Ireland, 
    3044 Lake Drive, 
    Dublin 24

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  • Will all submissions be accepted? +

    Interested parties and individuals are invited to submit to IFI. Please note that submissions cannot be considered if:

    • They are submitted after the deadline of 3pm, 31st March 2015;
    • They do not relate to the NADP;
    • They contain personal accusations, irrelevant or offensive statements/material.
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  • If I am unsure as to the relevance of my submission, who can I call/email? +

    Please make your submission bearing in mind that submissions may include and are not limited to:

    • strategies for the development of angling,
    • identifying development needs or deficiencies,
    • physical development projects, novice angler initiatives,
    • evaluation criteria of fisheries status by species/discipline type (i.e. what makes a good fishery)
    • and angling/fishery support service requirements;

     Submissions can be formulated on a national, regional or local basis as necessary. 

    The consultation is open to all submissions. If you are unsure as to the relevance of your submission then forward it by the closing date to the above address and let IFI evaluate it; all submissions will be evaluated on the basis that there are no bad ideas. 

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  • Will submissions be responded to? +

    Submissions received will not be responded to on an individual basis but they will be taken into consideration by IFI in its final report.

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  • Will the submissions be made public? +

    Please be aware that all submissions received by IFI will be published on its website. In addition IFI is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 1997 and therefore has to consider any request made to it under that Act. If you consider that any part of your submission would be subject to any of the statutory exclusions under that Act please so indicate in your submission, specifying under which exemption you believe the content should be excluded.

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  • When will the NSAD report be complete and published? +

    The report will be published in November 2015.

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  • Who is working on the NSAD for IFI? +

    A team comprising Kevin Crowley, Myles Kelly, Markus Muller, Shane O’ Reilly and Paul O’ Reilly are working on the formulation of the NSAD. The group reports to Suzanne Campion Head of Business Development.

    Qualifications held include:

    • Angling Coach Tutor
    • Bachelor of Arts in Economics & Philosophy
    • Bachelor of Commerce ( Marketing)
    • Bachelor of Commerce ( Accounting & Law)
    • Bachelor of Science
    • Bachelor of Science Environmental Science
    • Bachelor of Science Environmental Management
    • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
    • GAIA fly tying instructor
    • GAIA single handed casting instructor
    • Level 1 Angling Coach
    • Marine & Countryside Guide (FETAC)
    • Master of Arts Public Management Master of Commerce Degree (Economics)
    • Master of Science in Hydrology & Geography
    • Master of Science in Information Technology for Strategic Management
    • Post Graduate Diploma in Fisheries Management
    • Post Graduate Diploma in Computing
    • Project Management

    All are IFI staff and have between them over 50 years of angling marketing, promotion and product development experience, 16 years fisheries management, 17 years in fisheries protection, 17 years in angling services provision, 40 years in stakeholder  and lesser amounts spent in policy formulation, education and outreach and fisheries development. The team have angling experience in excess of 140 years.

    The team also have support from other IFI staff who have vast experience in angling marketing, stakeholder engagement, fisheries development, management and protection.

    IFI have invited external expertise from Failte Ireland.

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