The World Cup Trout Fly Angling Championship took place on Lough Mask between the 2nd and 6th of August 2012. The event is a highpoint in the angling calendar and was contested by just under 500 keen fly fishermen from home and abroad. It is clear that the anglers that attended this competition realise the importance of an amenity like Lough Mask, as it provides quality angling in clean, unpolluted waters. This became even more apparent by the support that was shown for the disinfection initiative at the competition. The initiative was the results of the combined efforts of the World Cup Committee and Inland Fisheries Ireland, and aimed to prevent non-native invasive species and harmful aquatic pathogens being inadvertently introduced into the lake on angling equipment. Central to this initiative was that all anglers must disinfect their landing nets and boots each day, before registering for the competition.

In recent years, despite considerable effort on behalf of IFI and many other angling and conservation groups, the invasive Zebra mussel was introduced to Lough Mask. The present biosecurity initiative represents an effort to make anglers aware of the dangers posed by aquatic invasive species and to alert them to the fact that other harmful and environmentally damaging invasive species are present on the island of Ireland that can be inadvertently introduced to the lake on wet nets or soiled boots.


IFI staff man the Life+ CAISIE stand at the World Cup
IFI staff man the Life+ CAISIE stand at the World Cup

An angler receives a stamp to verify the disinfection of his gear
An angler receives a stamp to verify the disinfection of his gear

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