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.

Notification of Second Round of Public Consultation on Non-native Species Risk Assessments

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. 

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. 

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 now available for comment until the 06/08/2014:

  • Allium triquetrum (Three-cornered Leek)
  • Corbicula fluminea (Asian Clam)
  • Egeria densa (Large-flowered Waterweed)
  • Hydrocotyle ranunculoides (Floating Pennywort)
  • Impatiens glandulifera (Himalayan Balsam)
  • Ludwigia spp. (Water Primroses)
  • Lysichiton americanus (American Skunk-cabbage)
  • Myriophyllum aquaticum (Parrot’s Feather) 

The following risk assessments will be available for comment shortly:

  • Carpobrotus edulis (Hottentot-fig)
  • Elodea canadensis (Canadian Pondweed)
  • Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea-buckthorn)
  • Juncus planifolius (Broad-leaved Rush)
  • Hyacinthoides hispanica (including H. non-scripta x H. hispanica) (Spanish Bluebell)
  • Persicaria perfoliata (Mile-a-minute Weed)
  • Rubus spectabilis (Salmonberry)

Regards,

The Non-native Species Project Team

 

 

Public consultation - 07/07/14

Proposed River Nore Snap net season extension byelaw 2014

This proposed Bye-Law provides for an extension to the current restricted season for the River Nore Snap net fishery. It is proposed to extend the closing date of the season from the 24th of July 2014 to the 15th of August 2014 (15th of August is the normal closing date of the fishery) and to allow fishing Tuesday to Friday rather than Monday to Thursday. This extension is proposed following the poor catch to date.

The fishery is managed on a quota system which limits the number of fish which can be caught. All salmon and sea trout over 40 cm caught by the Snap net must be tagged with a white gill tag. The full draft of the byelaw is available to download:

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 23rd July 2014.

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.

 

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 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.

 

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