National Policy Review – Management of Pike in Designated Wild Brown Trout Fisheries 

Review Notice

Inland Fisheries Ireland is seeking submissions from interested parties in relation to its review of the management of pike in designated wild brown trout fisheries.

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 elements of the pike and wild brown trout policies, the Board of Inland Fisheries Ireland decided to bring forward the review period for these policies and commence the process in 2016, focussing initially on the element of greatest debate, which is the management of pike in designated wild brown trout fisheries.

A group comprised of a range of representatives from all disciplines within Inland Fisheries Ireland has been formed and will undertake this review.

All submissions must be received in writing and will be published on the Inland Fisheries Ireland website www.fisheriesireland.ie

Submissions should be marked “Public consultation – Pike Management in Brown Trout Fisheries” and be submitted by post to:

Policy Review
Inland Fisheries Ireland
Sunnyside House
Macroom
Co. Cork

Or alternatively by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Public Consultation period will run for 4 weeks and the closing date for receipt of submissions is 5pm on Thursday, 1st of December 2016.

Please be aware that all submissions received by Inland Fisheries Ireland will be published on its website. In addition Inland Fisheries Ireland is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 and therefore has to consider any request made to it under that Act.

If you consider that any part of your submission would be subject to any of the statutory exclusions under that Act please so indicate in your submission, specifying under which exemption you believe the content should be excluded.

Inland Fisheries Ireland will make every effort to comply fully with the Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003 and the EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC

Review FAQ

Review of Pike Management in Designated Wild Brown Trout Fisheries

This FAQ is in respect of the public consultation on the Review of Pike Management in Designated Wild Brown Trout Fisheries scheduled for 2016/2017

  • When is the Group going to start its review? +

    The Review Group will meet in early November and will invite Angling Representatives to meet with them towards the end of November.

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  • Who is on the Pike and Wild Brown Trout Policy Review Group from Inland Fisheries Ireland? +

    The Pike and Wild Brown Trout Policy Review Group comprises of a range of representatives from all disciplines within Inland Fisheries Ireland.

    • Mr Sean Long –Director, South Western River Basin District (Chairman)
    • Dr Sam Sheppard – Population Modeller, Inland Fisheries Ireland Research & Development
    • Mr Declan Cooke – Inspector, Western River Basin District
    • Ms Josie Mahon – Inspector, Eastern River Basin District
    • Mr Paul O’ Reilly – Economic Research & Angling Advisor, Business Development Division 
    • Mr Myles Kelly – Secretariat to Group, Inland Fisheries Ireland
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  • What will this new review consider? +

    Please see the ‘Terms of Reference:  Terms of Reference

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  • What is the difference between the initial review group’s terms of reference and the new one? +

    Inland Fisheries Ireland initially planned to review the general policies for Pike and Wild Brown Trout in tandem; the revised terms of reference require the review group to only consider the management of pike in designated wild brown trout fisheries.

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  • What were the original Terms of Reference for the Pike & Wild Brown Trout Policy Review Group? +

  • Why has Inland Fisheries Ireland changed the Terms of Reference? +

    Inland Fisheries Ireland recognised the concerns of some stakeholders in relation to the pike and wild brown trout policies and the interrelationship between pike and wild brown trout. As there are many more issues than just the areas where they overlap, it was decided to separate the policy reviews and initially focus on the management of pike in designated wild brown trout fisheries. The other policy reviews will be dealt will subsequently.

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  • This Policy Review was due to start in July 2016. Why has there been a delay? +

    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.

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  • How do I make a submission to this consultation and how long have I got? +

    All submissions must be made in writing and will be published on the Inland Fisheries Ireland website www.fisheriesireland.ie .

    Submissions should be marked ‘Public consultation – Pike Management in Brown Trout Fisheries’ and be submitted by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by post to:

    Policy Review

    Inland Fisheries Ireland

    Sunnyside House

    Macroom

    Co. Cork

     

    The Public Consultation period will run for four weeks and the closing date for receipt of submissions is 5pm on Thursday, 1st of December 2016.

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  • What is Inland Fisheries Ireland’s current policy regarding the management of pike in wild brown trout fisheries? +

    Currently stock management is undertaken on certain waters for the conservation of wild brown trout waters which are managed by Inland Fisheries Ireland as wild brown trout fisheries. Such waters are identified in Inland Fisheries Ireland’s pike and trout management policies. Further information on current policies and procedures is available here: http://www.fisheriesireland.ie/FAQ/faq.html

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  • What is this policy review and public consultation all about? +

    Inland Fisheries Ireland has launched a public consultation on the management of pike in designated wild brown trout fisheries. The Board of Inland Fisheries Ireland has decided to commence a review period of its policies on the management of Wild Brown Trout, Pike and Bass which were initially developed in 2014. A consultation process will now commence and will focus initially on pike management.

    Inland Fisheries Ireland recognises the diverse opinions of stakeholders regarding the management of pike in wild brown trout fisheries and welcomes the opportunity to engage on this issue. All interested parties are invited to make submissions which will be comprehensively reviewed and considered by the newly appointed Pike and Wild Brown Trout Policy Review Group. This group comprises of a range of representatives from all disciplines within Inland Fisheries Ireland.

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  • How will submissions be weighted? +

    Q: Is there equal weighting given to each submission irrespective of whether the submission represents the views of 1 individual or a large number of individuals (e.g. A submission made on behalf of members of a federation or club) 

    A: All submissions will be carefully considered as part of the overall submissions received during the public consultation process, regardless of how many times the same point or issue is addressed. The Group will not reach any conclusions based on the number of submissions made on any particular issue. The public consultation process is intended to capture the breadth of public discourse.

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  • Can individuals reference an online document or statement to represent their views +

    Q: Can individuals reference an online document or statement to represent their views

    A: Individuals can attach reference documentation to their submissions and may also suggest reference material for the consideration of the Group 

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  • Can documents be added to a submission after closing date? +

    Q: Can documentation referenced in a submission be provided at a later date but no later than 15th December 2016 (2 weeks after submission closing date). Can you confirm that such documentation submitted at this time but previously referenced in a submission submitted on or prior to 1st December 2016 will be fully included and considered in the review process.

    A: In order for the review Group to carry out its work in an efficient manner, submissions must be made on or prior to the 5th December 2016. However, the substantive work of the Group will continue after that date and documentation in support of a submission made on or prior to the 5th December 2016 will be considered. 

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  • Will this result in a second pike policy? +

    Q: Will there now be two Pike Policies relating to Irish pike given that the policy review relating to pike has been separated (by IFI) into two instances.

    A: The Group is reviewing the specific issue of pike management in designated wild brown trout fisheries; the impact, if any, of its recommendations on existing policies cannot be determined at this point. 

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