Management of Eel Stocks in Ireland from 2012 to 2015
The following is an extract of the report Management of Eel Stocks in Ireland from 2012 to 2015. The full report can be downloaded below.
As part of the process of developing a management plan for eels for the period 2012 – 2015, Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) invited submissions from interested parties on the following reports;
Furthermore IFI suggested that these reports should be read in conjunction with the original report
All of the reports referred above were available for download from the IFI website or were made available on CD-ROM should anyone not be in a position to download a copy. A copy of the letter sent to former licensed eel fishermen and the public consultation document is provided in Appendix I & II below.
In addition to putting all of the information on the IFI and a link from the Department of Communication Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR) website three public consultation meetings were held in Clonmel, Athlone, and Carrick on Shannon on the 19th, 20th, and 21st of June 2012 respectively. Approximately 171 of the former licensed eel fishermen and eel dealers were written to directly to inform them of the public consultation process and advertisements notifying the general public of the events were put in national newspapers. 41 people attended the public consultation events, 16 attended the Clonmel meeting, 15 attended the Athlone meeting and 10 attended the Carrick on Shannon meeting. Hard copies of relevant reports were made available at each meeting for anyone who required a copy.
Each of the meetings followed a similar format with an initial powerpoint presentation of approximately a hour by Dr Russell Poole and Dr Paddy Gargan which dealt with all of the pertinent points in relation to the national and international scientific advice, the monitoring and survey programme and a presentation by Dr Greg Forde which dealt with the management elements of the plan. A full question and answer session was held at the end of the presentations and everyone had a chance to raise and discuss any concerns or points they had. On foot of representations raised at the Athlone meeting by Mr Damian Murray the period for public consultations was extended until July 11th.
In addition the public consultation period was extended by a further 10 days for a number of people, as letters submitted by them were only examined at the end of the period and IFI staff realised they were in fact looking for copies of the documentation. The requested documentation was provided to these individuals and they were individually notified that IFI would continue to receive submissions from them for a further period of 10 days. Although a number of submissions were received after the deadline date, no submission was refused and all have been considered.
As many of the points raised were made in multiple submissions this document will not deal with each individual submission in isolation but has grouped the issues together under a number of key themes and these will be discussed in detail. Full details of all the submissions received can be found in Appendix IV.