The Inland Fisheries Act 2010 (No. 10 of 2010) provided for the restructuring of the inland fisheries sector through the creation of a national inland fisheries organisation, Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI), which replaced the Central Fisheries Board and seven Regional Fisheries Boards.
On July 1st 2010 Inland Fisheries Ireland was formally established as the agency responsible for the conservation, protection, management, marketing, development and improvement of our inland fisheries and sea angling resources.
The dissolution of eight agencies and establishment of a single agency with responsibility for managing the inland fisheries and sea angling sectors will facilitate inter alia;
- more efficient and effective management of the inland fisheries resource;
- streamlined, coherent and integrated policy formulation on a national basis;
- optimum use and allocation of financial resources;
- develop and empower staff to deliver the goals of IFI;
- formalising stakeholder input into policy formulation through the creation of the new National Inland Fisheries
- an improved national perspective in delivering inland fisheries policy;
- a clear and well communicated single national identity for IFI.
‘To provide an accessible and sustainable, world class, inland fisheries resource for all’
‘To ensure the valuable natural resources of Inland Fisheries and Sea Angling are conserved, managed, developed and promoted in their own right to generate a positive return for the community and the environment’
Roles, responsibilities and functions
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) is the statutory agency responsible for inland fisheries in Ireland. It operates under the aegis of the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR).
The principal function of Inland Fisheries Ireland is set out under Section 7 (2) of the
Inland Fisheries Act of 2010. This is the protection, management and conservation of the inland fisheries resource. The general functions of IFI are to:
(a) promote, support, facilitate and advise the Minister on the conservation, protection, management, marketing, development and improvement of inland fisheries, including sea angling,
(b) develop and advise the Minister on policy and national strategies relating to inland fisheries including sea angling, and
(c) to ensure implementation and delivery of policy and strategies developed under (b) as agreed with the Minister.Details of the nature, role, responsibilities of the FOI body and a general description of the classes of records held by the body. Classes of records may comprise notes, letters, legislation, minutes of meetings etc.
Inland Fisheries Ireland is governed by its Board of Directors. Details of the Board can be found here: (http://www.fisheriesireland.ie/About-Us/board-members.html)
Corporate Plans and Strategies
Inland Fisheries Ireland is currently awaiting Ministerial approval of its Corporate Plan 2015-2020. The Corporate Plan for 2010-2015 is found here: (http://www.fisheriesireland.ie/About-Us/inland-fisheries-ireland-corporate-plan-20112015.html)
The Inland Fisheries Ireland Annual Reports for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 are found here: (http://www.fisheriesireland.ie/Corporate/corporate-publications.html)
Organisation and Pay/Grading Structures
Pay and grading structures except where publication would lead to identification of individual staff members pay. In the case of Government Departments and non-commercial bodies, this may be provided by linking to relevant pay circular and providing details of the number of staff at each grade. Commercial bodies should publish the pay in appropriate bands and the number of staff in each band having regard to commercial sensitivities.
Pending agreement of the latest Staff Scheme, current details of the structure of Inland Fisheries Ireland can be found here: (http://www.fisheriesireland.ie/About-Us/structure-of-inland-fisheries-ireland.html)
Locations and contact details for the organisation
Head and regional office contact information can be found under CONTACT US here: (http://www.fisheriesireland.ie/About-Us/contact-us.html)
FOI contact details can be found here; http://www.fisheriesireland.ie/FOI/foi.html
Links to agencies/other bodies under the FOI body’s remit
Details of Service Level Agreements/Memoranda of Understanding, if any
Inland Fisheries Ireland has a Service Level Agreement with the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
Details of Service Level Agreements/Memoranda of Understanding, if any, between two or more public bodies e.g. parent Department and Agency in relation to the provision of public services.
The Inland Fisheries Ireland Customer Charter and Customer Action Plan 2015-2017 can be found here: Customer Charter
Guidance on how to report a complaint can be found under MAKING A COMPLIMENT, COMMENT or COMPLAINT here: (http://www.fisheriesireland.ie/About-Us/making-a-comment-compliment-or-complaint.html)
Codes of Practice or Guidelines
IFI’s Code of Business Conduct for Board Members can be found here: http://www.fisheriesireland.ie/About-Us/code-of-conduct-for-directors.html
IFI’s Code of Business Conduct for Employees can be found here: http://www.fisheriesireland.ie/About-Us/code-of-business-conduct-for-employees.html
The Board of Inland Fisheries Ireland applies the principles of the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies 2009. This document can be found here: http://govacc.per.gov.ie/files/2012/03/codepractstatebod09.pdf