Public Consultation Policy

Policy Statement

It is the policy of IFI to consult with stakeholders and the general public on matters of inland fisheries policy and service delivery.

Download:  pdf IFI Public Consultation Policy Doc V0 30/JUN/2016 (263 KB)

Download:  pdf IFI Procedure on Policy Development (415 KB)

Current Public consultations

Details of current public consultations.

Submissions made in respect of Public Consultations will be made available at the following link as soon as they have been prepared for release.

Shannon River Basin District - Lough Sheelin Angling Season Byelaw

Inland Fisheries Ireland is seeking submissions from interested parties in relation to a proposal to introduce a byelaw defining a closed season for angling for any species on Lough Sheelin in the Shannon River Basin District, No. 8 District.

The proposal currently under consideration is to seek the Minister to introduce a byelaw on Lough Sheelin to close the lake to angling for any species from 13th October to end of February in the following year.

Inland Fisheries Ireland may, as part of the process, arrange a public consultation meeting if deemed necessary, but all submissions must be received in writing and will be published on the Inland Fisheries Ireland website at


The Public Consultation period will ran for 4 weeks and the closing date for receipt of submissions was 5pm on 16th March 2016.

Submissions are now online at:

Eel Consultation 2015

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) invite submissions from interested parties on the following reports:

  • Report on the Implementation of Eel Management Plans for Ireland, including the transboundary NWIRBD
  • Report from the independent Standing Scientific Committee on Eel 2015
  • Report on IFI’s National Eel Monitoring Programme 2012-2014

These reports should be read in conjunction with the original report:

  • National Report for Ireland on Eel Stock Recovery Plan 
    - Including River Basin District Eel Management Plans 

All the above documents are available for download from the Inland Fisheries Ireland website - Eel Management Plan - or on CD Rom from the address below.

These reports include the latest research and management information on eels in Ireland compiled over the last three years and updates the status of the stocks. The management policy for eels in Ireland over the next three years will be determined from these reports and any relevant submissions received from interested parties.

Any party wishing to make a comment should send their submission to the following address:

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


“Eel Submission” Inland Fisheries Ireland, 3044 Lake Drive, Citywest Business Campus, Dublin 24

On or before Wednesday 17th of June 2015.

Inland Fisheries Ireland is seeking submissions from interested parties to update and amend existing Trout Byelaws currently in operation in the Shannon River Basin District.

Public Consultation - Corporate Plan

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) was established on the 1st of July 2010 under the 2010 Inland Fisheries Act. The principal functions of the agency are set out under Section 7(1) of the Act and these are the protection, management, and conservation of the inland fisheries resource. The general functions of the agency are;

  • (a) To promote, support, facilitate, and advise the Minister on the conservation, protection, management, marketing, development and improvement of inland fisheries, including sea angling.
  • (b) Develop and advise the Minister on policy and national strategies relating to inland fisheries including sea angling and,
  • (c) Ensure implementation and delivery of policy and strategies developed under subsection (b) as agreed with the Minister.

Section 41 of the legislation further states that IFI shall, in accordance with this section prepare, adopt and, at the times specified in subsection (2), submit to the Minister for approval a 5 year rolling corporate plan for the 5 year period following the date of its submission.

In this context IFI will be preparing a 5 year corporate plan for the period 2015 – 2020 and would welcome your observations on what should be included in this plan. For information a copy of IFI’s current corporate plan can been accessed on the IFI website at the following page Corporate publications.

Please return observations to

Emma Fortune,
IFI Headquarters,
3044 Lake Drive,
Citywest, Dublin 24

on or before April 10th, 2015.

Observations may also be e-mailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

National Angling Development Plan

Please note - this public consultation is now closed. Sincere thanks to all those who submitted projects and observations.

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) is preparing a National Angling Development Plan (NADP).  It is envisaged that the NADP will provide criteria, support and proposals to ensure the sustainability of Ireland’s angling resource and the continuing sustainable development of that resource to maximise the benefits (social and economic) to Ireland on a prioritised basis.

Anglers, angling clubs, angling federations, fishery owners, community groups, angling service providers, state agencies and members of the public are hereby invited to make submissions which may include: strategies for the development of angling, physical development projects, novice angler initiatives, evaluation criteria of fisheries status by species/discipline type (i.e. what makes a good fishery) and angling/fishery support service requirements; submissions can be formulated on a national, regional or local basis as necessary.

For further information and to download the template for submissions please go to: 
or alternatively you may request one from your local IFI office. 

Submissions must be made in writing, marked ‘NADP – public consultation’.

The deadline for receipt of submissions is 3pm on Tuesday March 31st, 2015.