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.

Inland Fisheries Ireland - Public Consultation

Western River Basin District - Bye laws – Permitted angling methods on a section of the Clare River and extension of the closed season for angling on the Abbert and Grange Rivers

Submissions made in respect of the public consultation on angling methods on the Clare River can be viewed here  folder Clare River - Angling Methods

Only one submission was made in respect of extension of the closed season for angling on the Abbert and Grange Rivers. this can be viewed here:  pdf Submission Lough Corrib Trout Angling Federation (298 KB)

Inland Fisheries Ireland is seeking submissions from interested parties in relation to proposals to introduce two bye laws on the Clare River system in the Western River Basin district. The proposals currently under consideration are to request the Minister to introduce two bye laws as follows:

(i)           Revoke bye law 841 of 2008 to permit all legal angling methods on the Clare River from Daly’s Bridge in the townland of Corrandrum to a point 300 metres upstream of the footbridge at Anbally in the townlands of Anbally and Turloughmartin, County Galway. This section of river is currently fly only and the proposed bye law will bring it into line with the rest of the Clare River.

(ii)          Extend the closed season for all angling on the Abbert and Grange Rivers by two months to cover the period 1 September to 31 March annually. This bye law is being proposed as a conservation measure having regard to the very significant contribution of both of these rivers to wild brown trout stocks in the Clare River system and Lough Corrib.

If considered necessary, Inland Fisheries Ireland may decide to arrange a public consultation meeting on either or both of the proposed bye laws. All submissions must be received in writing and will be published on the Inland Fisheries Ireland website www.fisheriesireland.ie

Submissions should be marked “Public consultation- Clare River system” and be submitted by post to: The Director, Inland Fisheries Ireland, Teac Breac, Earl’s Island, Galway or alternatively 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 4 weeks and the closing date for receipt of submissions is 5pm on Thursday 11th August 2016.

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.

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

Public Consultation on IFIs exiting from freshwater trout production

Please Note: This consultation is now closed. Following the consultation a Joint Working Group was established to deliver a strategy in relation to IFI's fish farm production facilities - Joint Fish Farm Working Group

Inland Fisheries Ireland has a long history of providing rainbow and brown trout to support the fish stocking requirements of Ireland’s trout angling stakeholders. IFI’s main fish production unit is located at the IFI fish farm near Roscrea, with a supporting facility, which mainly supports the maintenance of broodstock, located at Cullion (Mullingar).   From a structural perspective the fish farming operation is based on physical structures and facilities designed and built in the late 1950’s, with limited programmes of modernisation implemented in the intervening period.

Having considered the points listed below the Board of IFI has decided to strategically exit from the production of rainbow and brown trout.

  • IFI fish farms have provided a significant operating loss over the past 5 years.
  • IFI has made significant efforts to reduce costs and increase efficiency in aquaculture operations but have not been able to bridge the gap between costs and revenue.
  • IFI has experienced significant cuts in budgets and human resources over the past 5 years.
  • The IFI Board has had to focus its resources on core functions across all divisional areas.
  • Environmental risks and risks in relation to bio-security on the farms.
  • The physical fish farm infrastructures are dated, inefficient and identified as in need of upgrading or replacement.
  • The current system for farm management does not provide data to support efficient production strategies.
  • Roscrea Fish Farm has an issue with the available levels of water supply as required by the current production model.   This pressure will increase over time through climate change and an increasing demand for water from other local interests.
  • The current fish farm operations are subsidised by wider IFI resources, as the price of fish for sale does not reflect the real cost of production.

IFI commissioned an expert review of it’s production capabilities, operational processes, facility design and technologies as well as operational costs in an effort to identify challenges and constraints in production processes and to propose practicable solutions to enhance productivity and performance. This review identified some major challenges for IFI including:

  • Environmental risks and risks in relation to bio-security on the farms.
  • The physical fish farm infrastructures are dated, inefficient and identified as in need of upgrading or replacement.
  • The current system for farm management does not provide data to support efficient production strategies.
  • Roscrea Fish Farm has an issue with the available levels of water supply as required by the current production model.   This pressure will increase over time through climate change and an increasing demand for water from other local interests.
  • The current fish farm operations are subsidised by wider IFI resources, as the price of fish for sale does not reflect the real cost of production.

On balance, and having given due consideration to the above, the Board of IFI has decided to exit freshwater aquaculture operations; it has instructed the executive of IFI to develop a plan to facilitate exiting of this business while making efforts to ensure continued supply of trout for stocking for anglers. All permanent IFI aquaculture staff will retain their employment within IFI and every effort will be made to ensure a smooth redeployment to other areas of the organisation.

Given the above considerations and background, IFI would like to consult with stakeholders and individuals affected by the decision to exit fresh water trout production with a particular focus on the potential impact of the decision and possible measures that could mitigate this impact.

Fish Farm report

Making a submission

The deadline for submissions was  5pm, September 19th.

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.

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

 

 

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.

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:

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:

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