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.

North Western River Basin District

Byelaw- Glen Lough (R Lackagh) – Proposed ban on trolling

Inland Fisheries Ireland is seeking submissions from interested parties in relation to a proposal to introduce a byelaw prohibiting trolling on Glen Lough (River Lackagh) in the North Western River Basin District.

The proposal currently under consideration is to request the Minister to introduce a byelaw on Glen Lough to prohibit trolling for any species of fish at any time. (‘Trolling’ means to fish from a boat, which is being rowed or mechanically propelled through water, by trailing or towing a fishing line with a hook, bait or lure attached).
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 www.fisheriesireland.ie.

 

Submissions

The Public Consultation period will ran for 4 weeks and the closing date for receipt of submissions was 5pm on 22nd July 2016.

Submissions are now online at:

Eastern and Neagh Bann International River Basin Districts – Revision / Update of Certain Regulations

Inland Fisheries Ireland is seeking submissions from interested parties in respect of a number of proposed Bye-laws pertaining to the Eastern / Neagh Bann International River Basin Districts.

Inland Fisheries Ireland intends requesting the Minister to introduce these Bye-laws with a view to enabling improved management of these waters in a sustainable manner.

The key Bye-laws to be introduced and the areas being considered for review are as follows:
Byelaw Areas being considered for review
Proposed new Byelaw (A) To set the annual close season for angling for all trout species for Lough Lene, Co. Westmeath to the period October 13th to the last day of February inclusive.

Proposed new Byelaw (B)
To introduce a bag limit of one Sea trout under 40cm (the River Vartry is a Closed Fishery under the Salmon and Sea trout Angling Regulations, 2016) per day during the angling season on the River Vartry, Co. Wicklow from the date of the signing of these regulations to the 31st December, 2018.
Proposed new Byelaw (C) To prohibit the killing of any Coarse fish or Pike from the waters of Lough Muckno, Co. Monaghan from the date of the signing of these regulations to the 31st December, 2018.

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 www.fisheriesireland.ie

Please be aware that all submissions received by IFI will be published on its website. In addition IFI is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 1997 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.

Submissions should be clearly marked ‘ERBD Byelaw Consultation’ and sent by post to

The Director,
Inland Fisheries Ireland Dublin,
3044 Lake Drive,
Citywest,
Dublin 24

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

The closing date for receipt of submissions is 5pm on June 13th, 2016.

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
    2015
  • 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.

OR

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

On or before Wednesday 17th of June 2015.

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 www.fisheriesireland.ie

Submissions

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:

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..

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