Public Consultation: No. 5 or Cork Fisheries District, Rosscarbery Bay & Roury River, (Sea Trout & Brown Trout Angling) Bye Law

Please note - submissions made in respect of this public consultation can be viewed at this link:  folder Rosscarbery and Roury River Bye Law

Inland Fisheries Ireland is seeking submissions from interested parties in respect of a proposed Bye-law which would:

  1. Extend the annual close season for angling for sea trout from 31st January to 30th April each year;

And

  1. Extend the annual close season for angling for brown trout from 14th February to 30th April each year;

in the waters of Rosscarbery Bay, the waters flowing in to Rosscarbery Bay, the River Roury, its tributaries and part of its estuary.

Why is this bye-law being considered?

This Bye-law is designed to protect sea trout and brown trout in the early part of the year, when they are recovering from spawning and are feeding in these waters.

These fish are easily caught at this time as they are very actively feeding.  Because they are in a weakened state following spawning their chances of successfully surviving catch & release are also much impaired.

All submissions must be received in writing. Please be aware that all submissions received by Inland Fisheries Ireland will be published on its website www.fisheriesireland.ie. In addition Inland Fisheries Ireland 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.

Inland Fisheries Ireland will make every effort to comply fully with the Data Protection (Amendment) Act 2003 and the EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC

Submissions should be marked ‘Public consultation – Rosscarbery & Roury (Sea Trout & Brown Trout)’ and be submitted by post to: Inland Fisheries Ireland, Sunnyside House, Macroom, Co. Cork, P12 X602 or 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 28 days and the closing date for receipt of submissions is 5pm on 15th June 2018.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What does this Bye-Law do?

This new Bye-law will extend the annual close season for angling for sea trout from 31st January to 30th April and the annual close season for angling for brown trout from 14th February to 30th April in Rosscarbery Bay, the waters flowing in to Rosscarbery Bay, the River Roury and part of its estuary.

That is, the close season for angling for sea trout and brown trout in said waters will commence on 13th October each year and end on 30th April in the following year, both dates inclusive.

Q. What areas will this Bye-Law affect?

This Bye-law will affect angling on the waters of:

  1. that part of Rosscarbery Bay which is landward of a straight line drawn at a bearing of 45’ true from the most easterly point of the high water mark at Downeen Point in the townland of Downeen to the high water mark of the townland of Creggan, both in the barony of East Carbery, Western Division, County of Cork, or in the waters of any river flowing into that part of Rosscarbery Bay;

and:

  1. that part of the estuary of the River Roury which is landward of a straight  line drawn in a westerly direction from the most southerly point of the quay wall at Mill Cove, in the townland of Downeen to a point in the townland of Ballinaclogh, both in the barony of East Carbery, Western Division, County of Cork;

and:

  1. the River Roury and its tributaries in No.5 or Cork Fishery District.

Q. Why is this Bye-Law necessary?

This bye-law is designed to protect sea trout and brown trout in the early part of the year, when they are recovering from spawning and are feeding in these waters. 
These fish are easily caught at this time as they are very actively feeding.  Because they are in a weakened state following spawning their chances of successfully surviving catch & release are also much impaired.

Q. Who is affected by this Bye-Law?

This Bye-law will affect any anglers who fish in the designated waters of Rosscarbery Bay, Mill Cove or the rivers which flow in to them.

Q. What species of fish are protected by this Bye-Law?

This Bye-law is to protect sea trout and brown trout.

Q. What about the anglers that fish for other species on the designated waters?

Anglers who fish in these waters to target other species (e.g. mackerel, bass, etc.) will not be unduly affected by this Bye-law as the fishing gear they use would not be similar to that used by anglers targeting trout, however any sea trout or brown trout captured as by-catch could not be taken, and would have to be returned to the water.

Q. Will it be a permanent Bye-Law?

Yes, this will be a permanent Bye-law.

Q. How can I make a submission to the process?

All submissions must be received in writing.

Submissions should be marked Public consultation – Rosscarbery & Roury (Trout Closed Season) and be submitted by post to: Inland Fisheries Ireland, Sunnyside House, Macroom, Co. Cork, P12 X602 or by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The Public Consultation period will run until 5 pm on 15th June 2018.

Q. Will my submission be made public?

All submissions received by Inland Fisheries Ireland will be published on its website www.fisheriesireland.ie. In addition Inland Fisheries Ireland 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.

Inland Fisheries Ireland will make every effort to comply fully with the Data Protection (Amendment) Act 2003 and the EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC.