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.

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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.

May 8th, 2014

Notification of Public Consultation on Non-native Species Risk Assessments and Public Information Meetings on Non-native Species Regulations 

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) and the National Biodiversity Data Centre (Data Centre) have been tasked by the National Parks and Wildlife Service to undertake risk assessments on certain non-native species listed in the Third Schedule to the European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2011 (SI 477/2011; http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/2011/en/si/0477.html). The risk assessments provide evidence-based knowledge that will be used by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in the implementation of Regulations 49, 50 and 74. These regulations are concerned with the prohibition on the introduction, dispersal, trading and keeping of certain non-native species and associated licensing requirements that may apply.

To date, each risk assessment completed (refer to list below) has undergone an internal review and an external expert review and is now available for stakeholder and public consultation on the project website www.nonnativespecies.ie.  As such, we invite any interested parties to make submissions on these completed Risk Assessments which are available for comment for a two-week period after publication. 

Further to this, three public meetings will take place to inform interested stakeholders and the general public about the Regulations and associated licencing requirements as follows:

  • 20th May and 21st May 2014 (19:30 – 21:00): Dublin - Inland Fisheries Ireland  Head Office - 3044 Lake Drive, Citywest Business Campus, Dublin; and
  • 22nd May 2014 (19:30 – 21:00):  Athlone - Athlone Springs Hotel, Monksland, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.

 Project staff will also be available to meet in person or receive calls from stakeholders between 11:00 and 17:00 on each of the above days by appointment only to receive consultation on matters pertaining to the risk assessments or licensing requirements.  Please call +353 87 0513116 during business hours to make such an appointment.

Additional information on the Non-native Species Risk Assessment Project can be found on the project website  www.nonnativespecies.ie . Guidance information on the licensing requirements can be viewed at http://nonnativespecies.ie/notices-and-documentation/

The following risk assessments are available for comment until the 24th May 2014:

Aponogeton distachyos (Cape Pondweed)
Astacus astacus (Noble Crayfish)
Astacus leptodactylus (Turkish Crayfish)
Azolla filiculoides (Water Fern)
Bufo bufo (Common Toad) 
Capreolus capreolus (Roe Deer)
Crassula helmsii (Australian Swamp Stonecrop)
Crepidula fornicata (Slipper Limpet)
Cyprinus carpio (Carp)
Elodea nuttallii (Nuttall’s Pondweed)
Gunnera manicata (Brazilian Giant-rhubarb)
Gunnera tinctoria (Giant-rhubarb)
Hydropotes inermis (Chinese Water Deer)
Lagarosiphon major (Curly-leaved Waterweed)
Leuciscus cephalus  (Chub)
Lithobates catesbeianu (American Bullfrog)
Muntiacus reevesi (Muntjac Deer)
Myriophyllum aquaticum (Parrots Feather)
Nymphoides peltata (Fringed Water-lily)
Orconectes limosus (Spiny-cheek Crayfish)
Pacifastacus leniusculus (Signal Crayfish) 
Pistia stratiotes (Water Lettuce)
Procambarus clarkii (Red Swamp Crayfish) 
Procambarus spp. (Marbled Crayfish) 
Rhododendron ponticum (including R. x superponticum)(Rhododendron)
Strix aluco (Tawny Owl)
Sus scrofa (Wild Boar)
Tamias sibiricus (Siberian Chipmunk)

The following risk assessments are not yet available for comment:

Allium triquetrum (Three-cornered Leek)
Carpobrotus edulis  (Hottentot-fig)
Corbicula fluminea (Asian River Clam)
Egeria densa (Large-flowered Waterweed)
Elodea canadensis (Canadian Pondweed)
Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea-buckthorn)
Hyacinthoides hispanica (including H. non-scripta x H. hispanica) (Spanish Bluebell)
Hydrocotyle ranunculoides (Floating Pennywort)
Impatiens glandulifera (Himalayan Balsam)
Juncus planifolius (Broad-leaved Rush)
Ludwigia (L. grandiflora, L. peploides and L. hexapetala) (Water-primrose)
Lysichiton americanus (American Skunk-cabbage)
Persicaria perfoliata (Mile-a-minute Weed)
Rubus spectabilis (Salmonberry)

 

This Bye-Law provides for catch and release when angling for Salmon (any size) and Sea Trout (over 40 cm) in the River Nore during the period 17 March to 31 May, 2014. The Bye-law also provides for the use of single barbless hooks and prohibits the use of worms as bait during this period. This bye-law also provides for a bag limit of 5 fish subject to a daily bag limit of 1 fish during the period 1 June to 30 September. Once the bag limit has been reached it is prohibited to use any fish hooks other than single barbless hooks as well as the use of worms as bait during this period in angling for salmon (any size) and sea trout (over 40cm) in those waters.

The full draft of the byelaw is available here:

Submissions can be made to IFI Clonmel by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by post to Inland Fisheries Ireland, Anglesea Street, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.
Closing date for receipt of submissions is March 5th 2014.

 

This Bye-Law provides for catch and release when angling for salmon (any size) and sea trout (over 40cm) in the River Suir (including the waters of the Rivers Clodiagh, Lingaun and Blackwater) and also prohibits the use of worms, prawn, shrimp or any other crustacean or artificial forms thereof as bait and any fish hooks other than single barbless hooks during the period 17 March to 30 Sept, 2014.

The full draft of the byelaw is available here:

Submissions can be made to IFI Clonmel by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by post to Inland Fisheries Ireland, Anglesea Street, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.
Closing date for receipt of submissions is March 5th 2014.

 

 

This Bye-law extends the annual close season in angling for salmon, sea trout and brown trout in the River Slaney and its tributaries from 26 February to 16 March and from 17 September to 30 September. The bye-law provides for catch and release during the period 17 March to 16 September in angling for salmon and sea trout. The Byelaw also provides for the use of artificial fly only with single barbless hook upstream of the old Bridge Enniscorthy and provides for single barbless hook and a ban on worms as bait downstream of the old Bridge Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford when angling for salmon or sea trout.

The full draft of the byelaw is available here:

 

Submissions can be made to IFI Clonmel by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by post to Inland Fisheries Ireland, Anglesea Street, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.
Closing date for receipt of submissions is March 5th 2014.

 

Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme Regulations and Conservation Measures for the 2014 season

Fergus O’Dowd, TD Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, has given statutory notice of his proposal to revise the Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme Regulations to apply from 1st January 2014.

The Minister proposes to revoke the existing tagging scheme regulations and to make revised regulations to provide for commercial and angling total allowable catches on an individual river basis.

Click here for more draft regulations

The draft regulations are open for public inspection. Any person may submit objections to the draft regulations at any time during the period of 30 days commencing on 08 November 2013 either in writing, addressed to:-

Inland Fisheries Division
Department of Communications Energy and Natural Resources
Elm House, Earlsvale Road,
Cavan

or by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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