Current and archived press releases from Inland Fisheries Ireland.

 

Women cast for recovery at free fishing initiative in Ballina, Co. Mayo  

Breast cancer survivors enjoy initiative supported by Inland Fisheries Ireland

Wednesday, 26th April 2017: Breast cancer survivors gathered in Mount Falcon, Ballina, Co. Mayo last weekend to attend a fishing retreat organised by breast cancer project Casting For Recovery and supported by Inland Fisheries Ireland.

In total, 13 women attended the free fishing retreat which incorporated medical advice, education services, counselling and relaxation techniques. The retreat was delivered by trained professionals including a psycho-social therapist, a health care professional as well as qualified fly fishing instructors and fishing guides.

Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland is a flagship project of The Countryside Alliance Foundation, a charity dedicated to increasing access to the countryside and helping as many people appreciate the great outdoors in the UK and Ireland. Casting for Recovery provides an opportunity for women who gone through a breast cancer journey to attend a retreat at a spectacular venue to learn the art of fly fishing.

This was the eighth year which the initiative has been held in Mount Falcon in Ballina with participants receiving fly fishing coaching and advice from local volunteers. On completion of the course, they receive a certificate in fly casting acknowledging their new proficiency in the pursuit. Previous participants in the programme in Mount Falcon have taken up fly fishing as a hobby with one participant graduating to fish on the Irish Women’s Team.

Casting for Recovery in Ballina
Casting For Recovery in Mount Falcon, Ballina, Co.Mayo.

 

The event was supported by Inland Fisheries Ireland’s Sponsorship Scheme which sponsors angling events and initiatives across the country. In 2017, the scheme will support 79 initiatives to the overall tune of €30,000 with a focus on those which help grow Ireland’s angling tourism product and support novice anglers.

Suzanne Campion, Head of Business Development at Inland Fisheries Ireland said: “We are delighted to support Casting For Recovery’s fantastic fishing initiative and to see 13 women try the sport of fly fishing for the first time. There are a number of health & wellbeing benefits experienced from outdoor recreational activities and fishing is no exception.  It can be enjoyed at any age or ability in numerous locations across Ireland.

Inland Fisheries Ireland is committed to supporting community groups nationwide who want to help increase the number of anglers and recognise the huge economic and recreational benefits which angling offers rural areas.”

Sue Shaw, Casting For Recovery said: This initiative provides an opportunity for breast cancer survivors to gather on retreat in a natural setting to learn the sport of fly fishing. Equally important however, the retreats offer an opportunity to exchange information and experiences around their breast cancer journey, make new friends and take some time out for themselves.”

The women who took part in the 2017 initiative in Mount Falcon were from Belfast, Cork, Dublin, Fermanagh, Galway, Mayo as well as Cambridge.

For more information about Casting for Recovery, visit www.castingforrecovery.org.uk . To find out more about Inland Fisheries Ireland’s Sponsorship Scheme, visit www.fisheriesireland.ie/funding .

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Órla Sheils
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Inland Fisheries Ireland
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About Inland Fisheries Ireland

Inland Fisheries Ireland is a statutory body operating under the aegis of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) and was established under the Fisheries Act on 1st July 2010. Its principal function is the protection and conservation of the inland fisheries resource. Inland Fisheries Ireland promotes, supports, facilitates and advises the Minister on the conservation, protection, management, development and improvement of inland fisheries, including sea angling. Inland Fisheries Ireland also develops policy and national strategies relating to inland fisheries and sea angling and advises the Minister on same.

Follow Ireland’s juvenile salmon numbers through new online tool

Inland Fisheries Ireland launches the SMOLTRACK Project which will help monitor juvenile salmon behaviour from Ireland to Denmark

Monday, 24th April 2017: Inland Fisheries Ireland has launched the SMOLTRACK project in Ireland which gives the public the opportunity to follow the numbers of juvenile salmon making their journey down the River Erriff - the National Salmonid Index Catchment (NSIC). The project is running in five other locations in Europe and will help determine the survival of young salmon during their migration.

The EU funded NASCO project will see Inland Fisheries Ireland work alongside partners in Northern Ireland (River Bush), England (River Tamar), Spain (River Ulla and River Tea) and Denmark (River Skjern) in rolling out a counting, tagging and tracking system. Traps are used to catch migrating salmon smolts for tagging before releasing them to continue their migration journey. In order to provide stakeholders with the opportunity to follow and compare the migration timing of smolts in several countries, the daily numbers of salmon smolts counted in each system is uploaded for online viewing.

In Ireland, tagging is being carried out on salmon smolts from the Black River, a tributary of the River Erriff (NSIC), which flows through County Mayo. The Erriff is one of the premier salmon fishing rivers in Ireland and its smolt run typically occurs over six weeks during April and May. This year, the smolt run commenced on the river on the 3rd of April with 289 salmon smolts counted on the system to date.

The salmon smolts are tagged with miniature acoustic transmitters and their subsequent migration is followed via acoustic listening stations situated at various locations. This information will help scientists to understand the survival rates of salmon smolts during their migration through the lower parts of rivers, estuaries and coastal areas, in addition to providing data on smolt run timing and migration behavior. The project will provide new data which will inform future salmon management and conservation work.

Dr. Cathal Gallagher, Head of Research and Development at Inland Fisheries Ireland said: “This is an exciting project which will allow us to gather new information around the survival and timing of salmon smolts journeying seaward through the River Erriff, and into and through inshore coastal waters. Daily smolt counts will be uploaded onto an online monitoring tool which is available to all for viewing.

We look forward to determining more about the smolts once they have been tagged by following their migration journey. As we are working with partners in Northern Ireland, England, Spain and Denmark, we can also learn from the data gathered in their regions. Ultimately, this information will inform our work in the area of salmon conservation which will prove invaluable to Ireland’s fisheries resource in the long term.”

To view the online smolt tool for the River Erriff and for more information about Inland Fisheries Ireland, visit: http://www.fisheriesireland.ie/Fisheries-Research/smoltrack-project.html .

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Órla Sheils
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Notes to the Editor:

View the online smolt tools for Ireland, Northern Ireland, Spain, England and Denmark on Inland Fisheries Ireland’s website: http://www.fisheriesireland.ie/Fisheries-Research/smoltrack-project.html .

About Inland Fisheries Ireland

Inland Fisheries Ireland is a statutory body operating under the aegis of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) and was established under the Fisheries Act on 1st July 2010. Its principal function is the protection and conservation of the inland fisheries resource. Inland Fisheries Ireland promotes, supports, facilitates and advises the Minister on the conservation, protection, management, development and improvement of inland fisheries, including sea angling. Inland Fisheries Ireland also develops policy and national strategies relating to inland fisheries and sea angling and advises the Minister on same.

Minister Canney welcomes progress on maintenance activity by the Shannon Flood Risk State Agency Co-ordination Working Group

Monday, 10th April 2017: Seán Canney, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief outlined the range of measures being taken to address flood risk on the River Shannon at an event in Athlone Institute of Technology this evening, Monday 10th April.

Speaking at the Environ 2017 Conference, the Minister said: “The Shannon Flood Risk State Agency Co-ordination Working Group met on 21 March, 2017 to agree its 2017 Work Programme which provides a focus and prioritises actions and activities to manage flood risk for the Shannon catchment. Last December, the Group took a major decision to develop a plan for a strategic maintenance programme on the River Shannon to halt the deterioration of the river channel and to complement the specific measures that have been identified for the areas at risk through the Shannon CFRAM Study. The Group has established a sub-committee to address all of the necessary legal, environmental, technical and other considerations that arise in bringing forward both short term and long term proposals.”

The Group is chaired by the OPW and the Minister was pleased to announce that the Group has now agreed to the delivery of targeted maintenance activities in specific locations that are being identified as feasible by the members of the Group. The Minister said: “Staff from the OPW, Waterways Ireland, Inland Fisheries Ireland and the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) have worked together to identify the scope of potential activities and proposals are now emerging for targeted activities to be carried out in a range of locations this year in accordance with the permitted seasonal windows for such activities. The recent targeted activity around Madden’s Island downstream of Athlone is a successful demonstration of this collaborative approach and both the Group and I would like to acknowledge the valuable contribution of the NPWS to ensure that the clearing of the trees was carried out appropriately to enhance the conveyance capacity of the channel.”

In tandem with this targeted activity, the Group agreed to the commencement of environmental and habitat survey work to inform the development of a long term proposal.

In addition to consideration of maintenance activity, the Group also agreed to the continuation of the pilot lowering of the levels on Lough Allen during the Winter season for another year. The protocols agreed between the ESB, Waterways Ireland and the OPW were successfully implemented resulting in a lowering of the target Winter water level by 0.7 metres. However, the impact of the trial hasn't been fully tested as the rainfall level over the past Winter was below average and thankfully there was no repeat of the exceptional weather events experienced in December 2015 and January 2016.

The Group also endorsed the commencement of a specific project to identify viable flood risk reduction measures in the Shannon Callows. Building on initial assessments undertaken as part of the Shannon CFRAM study, the OPW are leading on the project, in conjunction with Waterways Ireland, Inland Fisheries Ireland and the National Parks and Wildlife Service, that will include more detailed assessment of possible removal of identified constrictions or "pinch points" in the channel upstream of Meelick Weir.

Séan Canney, T.D., Minister for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief said: “I am delighted that the Group, which is chaired by the OPW, is progressing the plans for strategic maintenance works on the River Shannon. This will complement the Group’s Work Programme and the specific measures that are identified for the areas at significant risk in the Draft Shannon Flood Risk Management Plan. I welcome the twin-track approach being adopted which will see targeted maintenance activity being carried out while a proposal for a long-term strategic programme is being developed.”

The Minister added "The activities of the Group play a valuable role in supporting the objectives of the Action Plan for Rural Development "Realising our Rural Potential". In particular, the progresion of flood relief actions in the Shannon catchment identified in the Action Plan along with those identified for the country as a whole, will have a positive impact on rural communities who are living with flood risk."

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 Ciaran Conroy
OPW Press Officer
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Notes to Editors:

The Shannon Flood Risk State Agency Co-ordination Working Group was established by the Government in January 2016 to enhance on-going co-operation across all of the State Agencies involved with the River Shannon. It held its first meeting on 1 February, 2016.  The membership and full terms of reference of the Group are detailed below.

Membership of the Shannon Flood Risk State Agency Co-Ordination Working Group:

Members of the Group are at CEO level or equivalent with the following State Agencies:

Office of Public Works Local Authorities, represented by the County and City Management Association Waterways Ireland Electricity Supply Board Inland Fisheries Ireland Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government

Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Bord na Móna Environmental Protection Agency Irish Water

The Attorney General’s Office and other Government Departments may also participate, as requested by the Chairman.

Terms of Reference of the Group:

Informed by the National Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management Programme and in order to further effectively manage and mitigate the flood risk on the Shannon catchment, the Group will:

    • Develop and agree a Shannon Flood Risk Work Programme (with identified output KPI’s) to focus and prioritise actions and activities to manage flood risk for the Shannon catchment.
    • Provide coordinated direction and guidance to ensure delivery by State agencies, to meet their statutory role, of their constituent work programme in relation to flood risk management.
    • Adopt and/or develop guidelines and protocols to inform and/or assist better co-ordination and co-operation by and between State Agencies.
    • Informed by an audit of roles and responsibilities in relation to flood risk management on the Shannon catchment, seek clarity on any legal and policy issues to inform its work.
    • Consult with other bodies, including voluntary bodies and communities.
    • Provide guidance in relation to roles and responsibilities for non-statutory bodies involved in managing flood risk on the Shannon catchment.
    • When agreed, monitor and report quarterly on the implementation of the Shannon Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Plan.
    • Develop other structures as an efficient approach to progressing and informing its work.

 Papers from Working Group Meetings.

Documentation, including the Work Programme, Agenda, Minutes and other material relating to meetings of the Group is available on the OPW website - www.opw.ie.  

 

 

 

Kerry business owners and members of the public invited to information event revealing findings of local economic research

Find out how to grow your business opportunities among angling tourists

Wednesday, 12th April 2017: Waterville Lakes and Rivers Trust is hosting an information event for business owners and members of the public in Waterville and the surrounding areas. The event, which will take place at The Sea Lodge, Waterville, on Thursday 27th April at 7.30pm, will focus on sharing results from a recent economic survey carried out in Waterville among angling tourists to the area. The research reveals some key opportunities for business and service providers in the locality.

The Waterville Anglers Survey surveyed 207 anglers visiting the area and found that on average, angling visitors spend €644 per fishing trip or €114 per day. The impact of this expenditure is far reaching across the local community with €451 spent on non-angling items such as accommodation, restaurants/cafés and groceries and €193 of angling expenditure on items such as angling guides, boat hire and equipment.

This daily spend of anglers in Waterville (€114) far exceeds the spending of non-angling visitors to Ireland. Fáilte Ireland’s Tourism Facts Report 2015 cites expenditure of non-angling visitors and holiday makers at €68 and €89 per person per day in 2015. The research, which was carried out by Inland Fisheries Ireland with Waterville Lakes and River Trust, highlights the significant recreational and economic value of the fisheries resource to the area.

Rod Robinson, spokesperson for Waterville Lakes and Trust said: “Waterville is a popular destination for anglers and this research shows us the huge economic contribution they make to Waterville and the potential opportunity which exists for the community. We are inviting the public, business owners and tourist operators to come along and hear more so that together we can grow our offering around the fisheries amenity.”

Suzanne Campion, Head of Business Development at Inland Fisheries Ireland said: “Inland Fisheries Ireland was delighted to support Waterville Lakes and Trust in delivering this research project which provides invaluable information for the local community. We know at a national level that the fisheries resource contributes €836 million to the Irish economy annually but this local research also tells us that there is significant value of angling tourists to this community. We also note that the research once more confirms that angling visitors spend more than non-angling tourists and that they visit outside of the traditional tourist season, supporting local businesses and jobs while doing so. ”

The information event takes place at The Sea Lodge, Waterville, on Thursday 27th April at 7.30pm and is open to all to attend. For more information on the event, contact Rod Robinson at Waterville Lakes and Trust via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  For further information on Inland Fisheries Ireland and to read the full research report, visit www.fisheriesireland.ie.

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Note to Editors:

About Waterville, Co. Kerry

Waterville is a village on the Iveragh Peninsula on the scenic ring of Kerry in the South West of Ireland. The town is sited on a narrow isthmus, with Lough Currane on the east side of the town, Ballinskelligs Bay on the West and the Waterville River connecting the two.

Key Findings from the Waterville Angler Study:

  • On average angling visitors to Waterville spend €644 per fishing trip, which breaks down as €114 spend per day

  • 53% have visited Waterville for more than 10 years, and 31% have visited for more than 20 years

  • Almost a quarter (24 per cent) of anglers stay longer than a week, 25 per cent staying two nights and a further 24% staying two or three nights

  • Anglers came from Great Britain (17.5 per cent), mainland Europe (5 per cent), other overseas areas (2 per cent) and Ireland (75.5%).

  • Anglers from Great Britain stay in Waterville an average of 8.2 nights during their trips and Irish anglers stay on average for 3.2 nights

  • Nearly half of respondents (44%) preferred to stay in B&B accommodation with 18% choosing Self Catering and 15% staying in Hotels.

  • The most popular months for angling visitors are June (57%) and September (48.7%) along with July (45.5%), August (44%) however May (40%), April (28%) and October (19%) still attract angling tourism, outside of the traditional tourism season.

  • Lake fishing was the most popular (87%), 46% fished the rivers and 40% participated in shore angling

  • 84% of respondents fished for sea trout, 76% for salmon and 48% for brown trout.

About Inland Fisheries Ireland

Inland Fisheries Ireland is a statutory body operating under the aegis of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) and was established under the Fisheries Act on 1st July 2010. Its principal function is the protection and conservation of the inland fisheries resource. Inland Fisheries Ireland promotes, supports, facilitates and advises the Minister on the conservation, protection, management, development and improvement of inland fisheries, including sea angling. Inland Fisheries Ireland also develops policy and national strategies relating to inland fisheries and sea angling and advises the Minister on same.

 

Man convicted of illegal net fishing for Bass off Wexford Coastline

Thursday, 30th March 2017: Mr. Declan Ellard, Tacumshane, Rosslare, Co. Wexford pleaded guilty on two charges of illegal fishing for Bass at a sitting of Wexford District Court on the 28th of March 2017. Fisheries Officer Stephen Byrne outlined how Inland Fisheries Ireland intercepted Mr. Ellard in possession of three wild Bass and an 80 metre floating net at Carne pier, Co. Wexford on the 14th of April 2016. Mr. Ellard was also observed servicing the net using a boat.

Mr. Ellard had accepted under oath that he would never fish again at a Circuit Court hearing in 2012 during which he was prosecuted for illegal bass fishing by the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA). As a result of his prior conviction, prosecuting solicitor Caitriona Walsh sought an adjournment so that the matter could be dealt with in the Circuit Court with the consideration of the SFPA. Judge Chettle proceeded with the case and fined Mr Ellard €400.

Net fishing for Bass is illegal in Ireland due to low stock numbers with angling for bass in the South East of Ireland on a ‘catch and release’ basis during January to June and a bag limit of one fish per day for anglers during July to December. Inland Fisheries Ireland and the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority have powers of prosecution for illegal bass fishing under the Bass (Conservation of Stocks) Regulation 2006. Those convicted of this environmental crime can be fined up to €5,000 per charge.

Angling contributes €836 million to the Irish economy annually and bass angling is a valuable resource to the South East of the country. Bass and sea anglers alone, including domestic and overseas anglers who fish here, have an annual expenditure of €168.6 million annually which supports businesses and jobs in coastal communities nationwide.

David McInerney, Director of the South Eastern River Basin District said: “This conviction under the Maritime Jurisdiction Act highlights that illegal fishing in the South-East will not be tolerated. Our fisheries officers are patrolling the waterways in overt and covert operations during the day and night with the aim of protecting and conserving this valuable fisheries resource which supports communities and provides a recreational amenity for all.”

For more information on Inland Fisheries Ireland, visit www.fisheriesireland.ie .

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Órla Sheils
Communications Manager
Inland Fisheries Ireland
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About Inland Fisheries Ireland

Inland Fisheries Ireland is a statutory body operating under the aegis of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) and was established under the Fisheries Act on 1st July 2010. Its principal function is the protection and conservation of the inland fisheries resource. Inland Fisheries Ireland promotes, supports, facilitates and advises the Minister on the conservation, protection, management, development and improvement of inland fisheries, including sea angling. Inland Fisheries Ireland also develops policy and national strategies relating to inland fisheries and sea angling and advises the Minister on same.