Friday, 01 March 2013 09:22

Six new bye-laws signed by Minister O'Dowd recently

Six new bye-laws were signed into law by Minister O'Dowd earlier this week. Five of the bye-laws affect salmon and sea trout angling and the sixth applies to commercial salmon fishermen.

The bye-laws are described below and can be downloaded in full as PDFs.

  • icon Conservation of Sea Trout Bye-Law No 908 (82.64 kB)
    This Bye-Law provides for a daily bag limit of 3 sea trout (less than 40 cm in length) and provides for the use of single barbless hooks and prohibits the use of worms as bait once the specified number of sea trout has been caught.
  • icon Prohibition of Angling Methods Bye-Law No 907 (143.58 kB)
    This Bye-law prohibits the use of any fish hooks, other than single barbless hooks, and also prohibits the use of worms as bait in angling for all species of fish in the waters specified in the Bye-law and revokes Angling Bye-law No. 897, 2012.
  • icon Conservation of Salmon and Sea Trout (Newport River) Bye-law No 903 2013 (93.22 kB)
    This Bye-Law provides for catch and release in respect of Salmon and Sea Trout (over 40 cm) in the Newport River including the waters of Lough Beltra and the Crumpaun River, Co Mayo during the period 20 March to 11 May, 2013.
  • icon Conservation of Salmon and Sea Trout (River Nore) Bye-law No 904 (82.39 kB)
    This Bye-Law provides for catch and release in respect of Salmon and Sea Trout (over 40 cm) in the River Nore during the period 17 March to 11 May, 2013.
  • icon Conservation of Salmon and Sea Trout (River Slaney) Bye-law 905 (85.59 kB)
    This Bye-law extends the annual close season in angling for salmon, sea trout and brown trout in the River Slaney and its tributaries in the year 2013 from 26 February to 16 March and from 17 September to 30 September. The bye-law provides for catch and release during the period 17 March to 16 September in angling for salmon and sea trout. The Byelaw also provides for the use of artificial fly only with single barbless hook upstream of the old Bridge Enniscorthy and provides for single barbless hook and a ban on worms as bait downstream of the old Bridge Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford when angling for salmon or sea trout.
  • icon Draft Nets and Snap Nets Bye Law No 906 (157.3 kB)
    This Bye-Law sets out the opening and closing dates (and hours) for the draft net and snap net salmon and sea trout (salmon includes sea trout as defined in the Inland Fisheries Act, 2010) commercial fishing season, 2013 and prohibits draft net and snap net fishing for (salmon and sea trout) in all fishery districts except those mentioned in the Schedule to the Bye-law.
    The Bye-Law also prohibits the use of monofilament material in draft nets with the exception of Cork Harbour and Castlemaine Harbour where monofilament material in draft nets is permitted.