In 2014, Inland Fisheries Ireland developed policies on the management of Wild Brown Trout, Pike and Bass. These policies were scheduled to be reviewed in 2017, however recognising the concerns of some stakeholders in relation to the pike and wild brown trout policies, the Board of Inland Fisheries Ireland decided to bring forward the review period for the pike and wild brown trout policies and commence the process in 2016.
Given the interrelationship between pike and wild brown trout and the experiences from the initial policy development groups, it was decided to combine the review group and consider both policies in tandem and Terms of Reference were developed in July 2016 to this effect. However, on review, the Board of Inland Fisheries Ireland determined that rather than review the policies in tandem, it would be more effective to review the element of greatest debate first, that is the management of pike in designated wild brown trout fisheries. As a result, revised Terms of Reference were drawn up and a new Public Consultation Process launched.