Covid-19 statement

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Inland Fisheries Ireland statement on COVID-19 

Following the HSE and the Government’s advice in relation to  COVID-19, Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has closed all offices. IFI staff are working from home.

At this time the only way to contact IFI is by email and telephone. Contact details are available at the Contact us tab. Office phones are diverted to staff who can deal with your query. Under the circumstances there may be delays in replying to your query.

IFI staff will respond to emergency calls as appropriate.

IFI has a 24 hour confidential hotline 1890 34 24 74 through which members of the public may report incidents of illegal fishing, water pollution and invasive species which will continue to operate. 

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The Government has published New public health measures announced for living with COVID-19: The Path Ahead

From 10th May 2021:

  • Anglers can travel outside of their county (inter-county travel)
  • Guiding and angling instruction can resume (personal services by appointment)
  • Angling training for adults can resume (outdoor training for adults in pods of a maximum of 15 people)
  • Organised outdoor gatherings with a maximum attendance of 15 people

Inland Fisheries Ireland offers the following information to anglers as a guideline only.

Government advice to stop the spread of coronavirus is BE RESPONSIBLE, BE SAFE.

All Anglers

Follow up-to-date Government advice, however changes to Government advice may result in amendments to this information. To stay safe, anglers should follow public health guidelines:

  • People may meet outdoors in groups of up to 15 people.
  • Adult and Underage anglers may train outdoors in pods of up to 15.
  • No competitions. Events may be able to resume from 07 June subject to public health situation at the time. IFI will update accordingly.

Small boat and lake anglers

Anglers in small boats to comply with physical distancing (2m), unless from same household. Remember to maintain physical distancing  at slipways and access points.

Tourist anglers

Restrictions on travel to Ireland are in place. If you travel to Ireland from certain countries you have to undergo (at your own expense) mandatory hotel quarantine. Visiting international anglers should refer to government guidelines ‘Arriving to Ireland from another country’ for up-to-date advice.

Accommodation services including hotels, B&Bs, self-catering and hostels may reopen from 02 June subject to public health situation at the time

Charter Boat Fishing

Anglers to comply with physical distancing (2m), unless from same household. Remember to maintain physical distancing at slipways and access points.

Guides & Ghillies

Personal services by appointment are permitted. Group size must not exceed 15. Anglers to comply with physical distancing (2m) unless from same household.

General Guidance for everyone

  • Follow Government protocols and public health guidelines.
  • STAY home if you have symptoms
  • Observe physical distancing by keeping at least 2 metres apart and wear a face covering.
  • Park legally and responsibly if driving to outdoor amenities.
  • Respect our emergency services and avoid activities that could potentially lead to emergency call outs.
  • Respect the environment, animals & wildlife and dispose of waste properly.
  • Travel separately, unless from the same household and visit outdoor areas at off peak times if possible.

Fish stocking

IFI has resumed stocking fish.

BE RESPONSIBLE – BE SAFE

The power to control this pandemic is still in our hands

 

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19/04/21

Inland Fisheries Ireland offers the following information to anglers as a guideline only. Government advice to stop the spread of coronavirus is BE RESPONSIBLE, BE SAFE.

The Government has announced phased easing of public health restrictions. Since 12th April 2021, anglers can travel within their county or within 20km of their home if crossing county boundaries.

From 26th April Charter Fishing boats can resume angling under guidelines which limits the number of houshold on board to 2. Outdoor underage training can resume in pods of up to 15. 

The Government has published a medium-term strategy Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19. Ireland is currently at Level 5.

At Level 5, the public health risk means that you will be asked to stay at home, except for travel for essential work, education or other essential purposes, or to take exercise within your county or up to 20km from home.

During level 5 restrictions, only essential workers can travel to work.

Read more about Level 5 restrictions.

Inland Fisheries Ireland offers the following information to anglers as a guideline only. Government advice to stop the spread of coronavirus is BE RESPONSIBLE, BE SAFE.

Tourist anglers

Restrictions on travel to Ireland are in place. If you travel to Ireland from certain countries you have to pay for mandatory hotel quarantine. Visiting international anglers should refer to government guidelines ‘Arriving to Ireland from another country’ for up-to-date advice.

General Guidance for everyone

  • Follow Government protocolsand public health guidelines.
  • STAY homeif you have symptoms
  • Observe physical distancingby keeping at least 2 metres apart, if not possible wear a face covering.
  • Park legally and responsibly if driving to outdoor amenities.
  • Respect our emergency services and avoid activities that could potentially lead to emergency call outs.
  • Respect the environment, animals & wildlife and dispose of waste properly.
  • Travel separately, unless from the same household and visit outdoor areas at off peak times if possible.

Fish stocking

IFI has resumed stocking fish.

All Anglers

Follow up-to-date Government advice, however changes to Government advice may result in amendments to this information. To stay safe, anglers should follow public health guidelines:

  • People may meet with people from one other household in outdoor settings when taking exercise.
  • Underage anglers may train outdoors in pods of up to 15.
  • No competitions.
  • No indoor or outdoor gatherings.

Boat Anglers

Max 2 persons in small boats to comply with physical distancing (unless from same household). Remember to maintain physical distancing on board and at slipways and access points.

Charter Boat Fishing

Max 2 housholds to make up the anglers onboard

Guides & Ghillies

During level 5 restrictions, only essential workers can travel to work. 

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BE RESPONSIBLE – BE SAFE

The power to control this pandemic is still in our hands

12/04/21

The Government announces phased easing of public health restrictions. From 12th April 2021, anglers can travel within their county or within 20km of their home if crossing county boundaries. Non-essential business is not permitted.

The Government has published a medium-term strategy Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19. Ireland is currently at Level 5.

At Level 5, the public health risk means that you will be asked to stay at home, except for travel for essential work, education or other essential purposes, or to take exercise within your county or up to 20km from home.

During level 5 restrictions, only essential workers can travel to work.

Read more about Level 5 restrictions.

Inland Fisheries Ireland offers the following information to anglers as a guideline only. Government advice to stop the spread of coronavirus is BE RESPONSIBLE, BE SAFE.

Tourist anglers

Restrictions on travel to Ireland are in place. If you travel to Ireland from certain countries you have to pay for mandatory hotel quarantine. Visiting international anglers should refer to government guidelines ‘Arriving to Ireland from another country’ for up-to-date advice. 

General Guidance for everyone

  • Follow Government protocolsand public health guidelines.
  • STAY homeif you have symptoms
  • Observe physical distancingby keeping at least 2 metres apart, if not possible wear a face covering.
  • Park legally and responsibly if driving to outdoor amenities.
  • Respect our emergency services and avoid activities that could potentially lead to emergency call outs.
  • Respect the environment, animals & wildlife and dispose of waste properly.
  • Travel separately, unless from the same household and visit outdoor areas at off peak times if possible.

Fish stocking

IFI has ceased stocking fish to all locations.

All Anglers

Follow up-to-date Government advice, however changes to Government advice may result in amendments to this information. To stay safe, anglers should follow public health guidelines:

  • People may meet with people from one other household in outdoor settings when taking exercise.
  • No indoor or outdoor exercise group activities, including those involving children, should take place.
  • Individual training only.
  • No competitions.
  • No indoor or outdoor gatherings.

Boat Anglers

Max 2 persons in small boats to comply with physical distancing (unless from same household). Remember to maintain physical distancing on board and at slipways and access points.

Guides & Ghillies

During level 5 restrictions, only essential workers can travel to work. 

Charter Boat Owners

During level 5 restrictions, only essential workers can travel to work.

 

BE RESPONSIBLE – BE SAFE

The power to control this pandemic is still in our hands

Inland Fisheries Ireland offers the following information to anglers as a guideline only. Government advice to stop the spread of coronavirus is BE RESPONSIBLE, BE SAFE.

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 31/03/21

The Government has extended Covid-19 Level 5 restrictions until 12th April. Travel restrictions mean anglers must continue to stay within 5km of their home. From 12th April, anglers can travel within their county or within 20km for residence living close to county borders. Non-essential business is not permitted.

The Government has published a medium-term strategy Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19. Ireland is currently at Level 5.

At Level 5, the public health risk means that you will be asked to stay at home, except for travel for essential work, education or other essential purposes, or to take exercise within 5km of home.

During level 5 restrictions, only essential workers can travel to work.

Read more about Level 5 restrictions.

Inland Fisheries Ireland offers the following information to anglers as a guideline only. Government advice to stop the spread of coronavirus is BE RESPONSIBLE, BE SAFE.

Tourist anglers

Restrictions on travel to Ireland are in place. If you travel to Ireland from certain countries you have to pay for mandatory hotel quarantine. Visiting international anglers should refer to government guidelines ‘Arriving to Ireland from another country’ for up-to-date advice. 

General Guidance for everyone

  • Follow Government protocolsand public health guidelines.
  • STAY homeif you have symptoms
  • Observe physical distancingby keeping at least 2 metres apart, if not possible wear a face covering.
  • Park legally and responsibly if driving to outdoor amenities.
  • Respect our emergency services and avoid activities that could potentially lead to emergency call outs.
  • Respect the environment, animals & wildlife and dispose of waste properly.
  • Travel separately, unless from the same household and visit outdoor areas at off peak times if possible.

Fish stocking

IFI has ceased stocking fish to all locations.

All Anglers

Follow up-to-date Government advice, however changes to Government advice may result in amendments to this information. To stay safe, anglers should follow public health guidelines:

  • People may meet with people from one other household in outdoor settings when taking exercise.
  • No indoor or outdoor exercise group activities, including those involving children, should take place.
  • Individual training only.
  • No competitions.
  • No indoor or outdoor gatherings.

Boat Anglers

Max 2 persons in small boats to comply with physical distancing (unless from same household). Remember to maintain physical distancing on board and at slipways and access points.

Guides & Ghillies

During level 5 restrictions, only essential workers can travel to work. 

Charter Boat Owners

During level 5 restrictions, only essential workers can travel to work.

 

BE RESPONSIBLE – BE SAFE

The power to control this pandemic is still in our hands

Inland Fisheries Ireland offers the following information to anglers as a guideline only. Government advice to stop the spread of coronavirus is BE RESPONSIBLE, BE SAFE.

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26/02/21

The Government has extended the Covid-19 Level 5 restrictions until 05 April 2021. Travel restrictions mean anglers must stay within 5km of their home. Non-essential business is not permitted.

The Government has published a medium-term strategy Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19. Ireland is currently at Level 5.

At Level 5, the public health risk means that you will be asked to stay at home, except for travel for essential work, education or other essential purposes, or to take exercise within 5km of home.

Inland Fisheries Ireland offers the following information to anglers as a guideline only. Government advice to stop the spread of coronavirus is BE RESPONSIBLE, BE SAFE.

Visiting international anglers should refer to government guidelines ‘Arriving to Ireland from another country’ for up-to-date advice.

During level 5 restrictions, only essential workers can travel to work.

Read more about Level 5 restrictions.

General Guidance for everyone

  • Follow Government protocolsand public health guidelines.
  • STAY homeif you have symptoms
  • Observe physical distancingby keeping at least 2 metres apart, if not possible wear a face covering.
  • Park legally and responsibly if driving to outdoor amenities.
  • Respect our emergency services and avoid activities that could potentially lead to emergency call outs.
  • Respect the environment, animals & wildlife and dispose of waste properly.
  • Travel separately, unless from the same household and visit outdoor areas at off peak times if possible.

Fish stocking

IFI has ceased stocking fish to all locations.

All Anglers

Follow up-to-date Government advice, however changes to Government advice may result in amendments to this information. To stay safe, anglers should follow public health guidelines:

  • People may meet with people from one other household in outdoor settings when taking exercise.
  • No indoor or outdoor exercise group activities, including those involving children, should take place.
  • Individual training only.
  • No competitions.
  • No indoor or outdoor gatherings.

Boat Anglers

Max 2 persons in small boats to comply with physical distancing (unless from same household). Remember to maintain physical distancing on board and at slipways and access points.

Guides & Ghillies

During level 5 restrictions, only essential workers can travel to work. 

Charter Boat Owners

During level 5 restrictions, only essential workers can travel to work.

 

BE RESPONSIBLE – BE SAFE

The power to control this pandemic is still in our hands

Inland Fisheries Ireland offers the following information to anglers as a guideline only. Government advice to stop the spread of coronavirus is BE RESPONSIBLE, BE SAFE.

27/01/21

The Government has extended the Covid-19 Level 5 restrictions until 05 March 2021. Travel restrictions mean anglers must stay within 5km of their home. Non-essential business is not permitted.

The Government has published a medium-term strategy Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19. Ireland is currently at Level 5.

At Level 5, the public health risk means that you will be asked to stay at home, except for travel for essential work, education or other essential purposes, or to take exercise within 5km of home.

Inland Fisheries Ireland offers the following information to anglers as a guideline only. Government advice to stop the spread of coronavirus is BE RESPONSIBLE, BE SAFE.

Visiting international anglers should refer to government guidelines ‘Arriving to Ireland from another country’ for up-to-date advice.

During level 5 restrictions, only essential workers can travel to work.

Read more about Level 5 restrictions.

General Guidance for everyone

  • Follow Government protocolsand public health guidelines.
  • STAY homeif you have symptoms
  • Observe physical distancingby keeping at least 2 metres apart, if not possible wear a face covering.
  • Park legally and responsibly if driving to outdoor amenities.
  • Respect our emergency services and avoid activities that could potentially lead to emergency call outs.
  • Respect the environment, animals & wildlife and dispose of waste properly.
  • Travel separately, unless from the same household and visit outdoor areas at off peak times if possible.

Fish stocking

IFI has ceased stocking fish to all locations.

All Anglers

Follow up-to-date Government advice, however changes to Government advice may result in amendments to this information. To stay safe, anglers should follow public health guidelines:

  • People may meet with people from one other household in outdoor settings when taking exercise.
  • No indoor or outdoor exercise group activities, including those involving children, should take place.
  • Individual training only.
  • No competitions.
  • No indoor or outdoor gatherings.

Boat Anglers

Max 2 persons in small boats to comply with physical distancing (unless from same household). Remember to maintain physical distancing on board and at slipways and access points.

Guides & Ghillies

During level 5 restrictions, only essential workers can travel to work. 

Charter Boat Owners

During level 5 restrictions, only essential workers can travel to work.

 

BE RESPONSIBLE – BE SAFE

The power to control this pandemic is still in our hands

Inland Fisheries Ireland offers the following information to anglers as a guideline only. Government advice to stop the spread of coronavirus is BE RESPONSIBLE, BE SAFE.

 

04/01/21

The Government has moved the entire country to Covid-19 Level 5 restrictions until 31 January 2021. Travel restrictions mean anglers must stay within 5km of their home. Non-essential business is not permitted.

The Government has published a medium-term strategy Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19. Ireland is currently at Level 5.

At Level 5, the public health risk means that you will be asked to stay at home, except for travel for work, education or other essential purposes, or to take exercise within 5km of home. 

Inland Fisheries Ireland offers the following information to anglers as a guideline only. Government advice to stop the spread of coronavirus is BE RESPONSIBLE, BE SAFE.

Visiting international anglers should refer to government guidelines ‘Arriving to Ireland from another country’ for up-to-date advice.

During level 5 restrictions, only essential workers can travel to work.

Read more about Level 5 restrictions.

General Guidance for everyone

  • Follow Government protocolsand public health guidelines. 
  • STAY homeif you have symptoms
  • Observe physical distancingby keeping at least 2 metres apart, if not possible wear a face covering.
  • Park legally and responsibly if driving to outdoor amenities.
  • Respect our emergency services and avoid activities that could potentially lead to emergency call outs.
  • Respect the environment, animals & wildlife and dispose of waste properly.
  • Travel separately, unless from the same household and visit outdoor areas at off peak times if possible.

Fish stocking

IFI has ceased stocking fish to all locations.

All Anglers

Follow up-to-date Government advice, however changes to Government advice may result in amendments to this information. To stay safe, anglers should follow public health guidelines:

  • People may meet with people from one other household in outdoor settings when taking exercise. 
  • No indoor or outdoor exercise group activities, including those involving children, should take place. 
  • Individual training only.
  • No competitions.
  • No indoor or outdoor gatherings.

Boat Anglers

Max 2 persons in small boats to comply with physical distancing (unless from same household). Remember to maintain physical distancing on board and at slipways and access points.

Guides & Ghillies

During level 5 restrictions, only essential workers can travel to work. 

Charter Boat Owners

During level 5 restrictions, only essential workers can travel to work.

 

BE RESPONSIBLE – BE SAFE

The power to control this pandemic is still in our hands

24/12/20

The Government has moved the entire country to Covid-19 Level 5 restrictions from 24th December 2020 until 12th January 2021. Travel restrictions mean anglers must stay in their own county.

Visiting international anglers should refer to government guidelines ‘Arriving to Ireland from another country’ for up-to-date advice.

Level 5 (with some adjustments) is in place from Christmas Eve

Level 5 restrictions apply to all counties from midnight on 24 December until 12 January 2021.

Special arrangements on travel and meeting with people are in place over the Christmas period. There are also some specific adjustments to level 5 restrictions.

The current restrictions on travel from Great Britain (England, Scotland or Wales) to Ireland will stay in place until at least 31 December. There are also additional requirements for travellers coming to Ireland from Britain who must self-isolate for 14 days.

Special arrangements for Christmas

 
24 December (Christmas Eve)

25 December (Christmas Day)

26 December (Saint Stephen’s Day) 27 December 1 January (New Year’s Day)
You can meet up to 2 other households in your home or garden. You can meet up to 2 other households in your home or garden. You can meet up to 2 other households in your home or garden. You can meet up to 1 other household in your home or garden. No social or family gatherings allowed. You can meet 1 other household in an outdoor setting, such as a park.
Nursing home visits are restricted to one visit by one person per week, other than in critical and compassionate circumstances. After midnight 24 December visits to nursing homes or residential care facilities are suspended, except in critical and compassionate circumstances. After midnight 24 December visits to nursing homes or residential care facilities are suspended, except in critical and compassionate circumstances. After midnight 24 December visits to nursing homes or residential care facilities are suspended, except in critical and compassionate circumstances. After midnight 24 December visits to nursing homes or residential care facilities are suspended, except in critical and compassionate circumstances.
You can travel outside your county. You can travel outside your county. You can travel outside your county. Do not travel outside your county, except for essential reasons or to return home after Christmas. Do not travel outside your county, except for essential reasons or to return home after Christmas.
Restaurants, cafes and pubs that serve food must close at 3pm. Restaurants, cafes and pubs that serve food are closed. Restaurants, cafes and pubs that serve food are closed. Restaurants, cafes and pubs that serve food are closed. Restaurants, cafes and pubs that serve food are closed.
Hotel guests who already have a booking can check in. Hotel guests who already have a booking can check in. Hotel guests who already have a booking can check in. Hotels can only accept bookings to support essential services. They can provide services to guests already checked in before 26 December. Hotels can only accept bookings to support essential services. They can provide services to guests already checked in before 26 December.
Christmas religious services can take place. Christmas religious services can take place. Religious services are online. Religious venues can open for private prayer only. Religious services are online. Religious venues can open for private prayer only. Religious services are online. Religious venues can open for private prayer only.
Up to 25 people can attend a funeral. Up to 10 people can attend a funeral. Up to 10 people can attend a funeral. Up to 10 people can attend a funeral. Up to 10 people can attend a funeral.
25 people can attend a wedding. 25 people can attend a wedding. 25 people can attend a wedding. 25 people can attend a wedding. 25 people can attend a wedding. From 3 January, only 6 people can attend a wedding.
Non-essential shops hairdressers, barbers and beauticians can stay open. Non-essential shops can stay open. Hairdressers, barbers and beauticians must close. Non-essential shops can stay open. Hairdressers, barbers and beauticians must close. Non-essential shops can stay open. Hairdressers, barbers and beauticians must close. Non-essential shops can stay open. Hairdressers, barbers and beauticians must close.
Museums, galleries and cinemas can stay open. Museums, galleries and cinemas must close. Museums, galleries and cinemas must close. Museums, galleries and cinemas must close. Museums, galleries and cinemas must close.
Gyms, leisure centres and pools are closed. Gyms, leisure centres and pools can stay open for individual training only. Gyms, leisure centres and pools can stay open for individual training only. Gyms, leisure centres and pools can stay open for individual training only. Gyms, leisure centres and pools can stay open for individual training only.
Non-contact training in pods of up to 15 may take place outdoors. Non-contact training in pods of up to 15 may take place outdoors. Non-contact training in pods of up to 15 may take place outdoors. Non-contact training in pods of up to 15 may take place outdoors. Non-contact training in pods of up to 15 may take place outdoors.
No matches or events should take place except for professional and elite sports. No matches or events should take place except for professional and elite sports. No matches or events should take place except for professional and elite sports. No matches or events should take place except for professional and elite sports. No matches or events should take place except for professional and elite sports.
Horse racing and greyhound racing take place behind closed doors. Horse racing and greyhound racing take place behind closed doors. Horse racing and greyhound racing take place behind closed doors. Horse racing and greyhound racing take place behind closed doors. Horse racing and greyhound racing take place behind closed doors.

During level 5 restrictions, only essential workers can travel to work. People working in non-essential shops and retail services can travel to work under the exceptions announced on 22 December.

Read more about Level 5 restrictions.

Sporting events are permitted in Level 1 and Level 2 with restrictions. Competitions are NOT permitted at Levels 3-5. Organisers are advised to ensure that their events comply with Government guidelines specific to the level in operation and location of their events, and the advice of their governing body and Sport Ireland on running competitions safely.

General Guidance for everyone

  • Follow Government protocols and public health guidelines.

  • Observe physical distancing by keeping at least 2 metres apart, if not possible wear a face covering.

  • Park legally and responsibly if driving to outdoor amenities.

  • Respect our emergency services and avoid activities that could potentially lead to emergency call outs.

  • Respect the environment, animals & wildlife and dispose of waste properly.

  • Travel separately, unless from the same household and visit outdoor areas at off peak times if possible.

All Anglers

Follow up-to-date Government advice, however changes to Government advice may result in amendments to this information. Clubs should consult with their governing body and Sport Ireland guidelines on running competitions safely. To stay safe, anglers should follow public health guidelines:

Boat Anglers

Max 2 persons in small boats to comply with physical distancing (unless from same household). Remember to maintain physical distancing on board and at slipways and access points.

Guides & Ghillies

During level 5 restrictions, only essential workers can travel to work. People working in non-essential shops and retail services can travel to work under the exceptions announced on 22 December.

If engaged in coaching:
Refer to Government’s ‘Return to Work Safely Protocol’.

  • Maintain physical distancing at all times.

  • Use a dummy rod set up to explain techniques, no sharing of cars or equipment.

  • Ensure one person ties all knots, lands all fish and handles their own equipment only.

  • Weighing and/or photographing of fish should be carried out with physical distancing.

  • All payments should be made electronically where possible.

Charter Boat Owners

During level 5 restrictions, only essential workers can travel to work. People working in non-essential shops and retail services can travel to work under the exceptions announced on 22 December.

If engaged in coaching:

Refer to the Government’s ‘Return to Work Safely Protocol’.

  • Limit number of passengers to allow for physical distancing, no passengers allowed in wheelhouse.

  • Provide hand sanitiser and encourage passengers to use it.

  • No sharing of equipment. Hire rods should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before and after use.

  • All payments should be made electronically where possible

BE RESPONSIBLE – BE SAFE

The power to control this pandemic is still in our hands

Level 3 MEasures - 10/12/20

The Government has published a medium-term strategy Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19. Ireland is currently at Level 3.

Inland Fisheries Ireland offers the following information to anglers as a guideline only. Government advice to stop the spread of coronavirus is BE RESPONSIBLE, BE SAFE.

The Government has moved the entire country to Covid-19 Level 3 restrictions, permitting the operation of non-essential business. Charter boats and angling guides may operate again while observing travel restrictions. Current travel restrictions mean anglers must stay in their own county, however, from 18th December 2020 to 6th January 2021 only, travel outside your county will be permitted.

Visiting international anglers should refer to government guidelines ‘Arriving to Ireland from another country’ for up-to-date advice.

Sporting events are permitted in Level 1 and Level 2 with restrictions. Competitions are NOT permitted at Levels 3-5. Organisers are advised to ensure that their events comply with Government guidelines specific to the level in operation and location of their events, and the advice of their governing body and Sport Ireland on running competitions safely.

General Guidance for everyone

  • Follow Government protocols and public health guidelines.
  • Observe physical distancing by keeping at least 2 metres apart, if not possible wear a face covering.
  • Park legally and responsibly if driving to outdoor amenities.
  • Respect our emergency services and avoid activities that could potentially lead to emergency call outs.
  • Respect the environment, animals & wildlife and dispose of waste properly.
  • Travel separately, unless from the same household and visit outdoor areas at off peak times if possible.

All Anglers

Follow up-to-date Government advice, however changes to Government advice may result in amendments to this information. Clubs should consult with their governing body and Sport Ireland guidelines on running competitions safely. To stay safe, anglers should follow public health guidelines:

Boat Anglers

Max 2 persons in small boats to comply with physical distancing (unless from same household). Remember to maintain physical distancing on board and at slipways and access points.

Guides & Ghillies
Refer to Government’s ‘Return to Work Safely Protocol’.

  • Maintain physical distancing at all times.
  • Use a dummy rod set up to explain techniques, no sharing of cars or equipment.
  • Ensure one person ties all knots, lands all fish and handles their own equipment only.
  • Weighing and/or photographing of fish should be carried out with physical distancing.
  • All payments should be made electronically where possible.

Charter Boat Owners

  • Refer to the Government’s ‘Return to Work Safely Protocol’.
  • Limit number of passengers to allow for physical distancing, no passengers allowed in wheelhouse.
  • Provide hand sanitiser and encourage passengers to use it.
  • No sharing of equipment. Hire rods should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before and after use.
  • All payments should be made electronically where possibl

BE RESPONSIBLE – BE SAFE

The power to control this pandemic is still in our hands

 

Level 5 MEasures updates 22/10 20

 

Level 5 Measures - Fish Stocking

As and from Thursday 22nd October, IFI will cease stocking fish to all locations.

Level 4 Measures- updated 15/10/20

Level 4 Measures  Fish Stocking

Inland Fisheries Ireland, in line with Government advice to reduce outdoor gatherings, will cease stocking of fish to counties currently in level four. Stocked fisheries attract larger numbers of anglers and groups and therefore present a risk.

Resilience and recovery 2020-2021: Living with covid-19

IFI Guidance to Anglers

The Government has published a medium-term strategy Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19.

Inland Fisheries Ireland offers the following information to anglers as a guideline only. Government advice to stop the spread of coronavirus is BE RESPONSIBLE, BE SAFE.

Anglers are advised to comply with Government guidelines specific to the region in which they live and wish to travel to, see Current status of the Plan for Living with COVID-19.

Visiting international anglers should refer to government guidelines ‘Arriving to Ireland from another country’ for up-to-date advice.

Sporting events are permitted in Level 1 and Level 2 with restrictions. Organisers are advised to ensure that their events comply with Government guidelines specific to the level in operation and location of their events, and the advice of their governing body and Sport Ireland on running competitions safely.

General Guidance for everyone

  • Follow Government protocols and public health guidelines.

  • Observe physical distancing by keeping at least 2 metres apart, if not possible wear a face covering.

  • Park legally and responsibly if driving to outdoor amenities.

  • Respect our emergency services and avoid activities that could potentially lead to emergency call outs.

  • Respect the environment, animals & wildlife and dispose of waste properly.

  • Travel separately, unless from the same household and visit outdoor areas at off peak times if possible.

All Anglers

Follow up-to-date Government advice, however changes to Government advice may result in amendments to this information. Clubs should consult with their governing body and Sport Ireland guidelines on running competitions safely. To stay safe, anglers should follow public health guidelines:

Boat Anglers

Max 2 persons in small boats to comply with physical distancing (unless from same household). Remember to maintain physical distancing on board and at slipways and access points.

Guides & Ghillies

Refer to Government’s ‘Return to Work Safely Protocol’.

  • Maintain physical distancing at all times.

  • Use a dummy rod set up to explain techniques, no sharing of cars or equipment.

  • Ensure one person ties all knots, lands all fish and handles their own equipment only.

  • Weighing and/or photographing of fish should be carried out with physical distancing.

  • All payments should be made electronically where possible.

Charter Boat Owners

Refer to the Government’s ‘Return to Work Safely Protocol’.

  • Limit number of passengers to allow for physical distancing, no passengers allowed in wheelhouse.

  • Provide hand sanitiser and encourage passengers to use it.

  • No sharing of equipment. Hire rods should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before and after use.

  • All payments should be made electronically where possible

BE RESPONSIBLE     BE SAFE

The power to control this pandemic is still in our hands

 

Updated Guidelines for Anglers

The Government has introduced measures to control the spread of COVID-19. Restrictions have been in place across Ireland since March 2020. The current measures that were announced on 18 August 2020 are in place until 13 September 2020.

A new ‘Roadmap for Resilience and Recovery’ will be published before 13 September 2020. This will set out how the Government plans to bring greater certainty to help people and businesses plan for the future.

Inland Fisheries Ireland offers the following information to anglers as a guideline only. Government advice to stop the spread of coronavirus is BE RESPONSIBLE, BE SAFE.

Anglers can now travel throughout the country without restrictions, apart from local lockdowns that may be in place. However, visiting international anglers should refer to government guidelines on ‘Arriving to Ireland from another country’ for up to date advice.

General Guidance for everyone

  • Follow Government protocols and public health guidelines.

  • Outdoor gatherings and events are limited to 15 people.

  • Indoor gatherings and events are now limited to 6 people from no more than 3 households.

  • Sporting events and matches can take place behind closed doors. 

  • Observe physical distancing by keeping at least 2 metres apart.

  • In situations where distancing is difficult, you are recommended to wear a face covering.

  • Park legally and responsibly if driving to outdoor amenities.

  • Respect our emergency services and avoid activities that could potentially lead to emergency call outs. 

  • Respect the environment, animals & wildlife and dispose of waste properly. 

  • Travel separately, unless from the same household and visit outdoor areas at off peak times if possible.

  • It should be noted, any change to the over-arching ‘Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business’ may result in an amendment(s) to this page. Currently, we strongly advise the suspension of all angling competitions involving international competitors.

  • To stay safe, anglers should follow public health guidelines: Hand Hygiene   Cough Etiquette   Physical Distancing 2m   Equipment Disinfecting (not sharing)   STAY home if you have symptoms

 


 

Dates:

18 August - 13 September

Travel: Outside your region
Bank Anglers  Trout Salmon Pike Coarse
  • Can travel with no restrictions, apart from local lockdowns that may be in place.
  • In groups with physical distancing.
Boat Anglers  Game Coarse Pike Sea
  • Can travel with no restrictions, apart from local lockdowns that may be in place.
  • In groups with physical distancing.
  • Maintain physical distancing at slipways and access points.
Sea Anglers Shore 
  • Can travel with no restrictions, apart from local lockdowns that may be in place.
  • In groups with physical distancing.

 

Business Owners can determine when your business may reopen in accordance with the Government’s  ‘Roadmap to Reopening Society and Business. The Roadmap gives a list of essential businesses which were able to reopen in phase 1  and an outline of other businesses which could reopen in subsequent phases. Once you have determined the phase under which you can reopen your business, please ensure you  adhere to the ‘Return to Work Safely Protocol’

Guides and Ghililes

  • Refer to Government’s ‘Return to Work Safely Protocol

  • Maintain physical distancing at all times. In situations where distancing is difficult, you are recommended to wear a face covering.

  • Use a dummy rod set up to explain techniques, no sharing of cars or equipment.

  • Ensure one person ties all knots, lands all fish and handles their own equipment only.

  • Weighing and/or photographing of fish should be carried out with physical distancing.

  • All payments should be made electronically where possible.

Charter Boats

  • Refer to the Government’s ‘Return to Work Safely Protocol’.

  • Limit number of passengers to allow for physical distancing, no passengers allowed in wheelhouse.

  • In situations where distancing is difficult, you are recommended to wear a face covering.

  • Provide hand sanitiser and encourage passengers to use it.

  • No sharing of equipment. Hire rods should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before and after use.

  • All payments should be made electronically where possible.

 

10 August 2020

Updated guidelines for anglers – Roadmap for returning to the water

The Government has decided based on NPHET advice that the current public health measures will remain in place, the country will NOT be progressing to Phase 4 of the Roadmap to Reopening Society and Business until 31 August 2020 at the earliest. Inland Fisheries Ireland offers the following information to anglers as a guideline only.  Government advice to stop the spread of coronavirus is BE RESPONSIBLE, BE SAFE.

Anglers can now travel throughout the country without restrictions, apart from local lockdowns that may be in place. However, visiting international anglers should refer to government guidelines on ‘Arriving to Ireland from another country’ for up to date advice.

General Guidance for everyone

  • Follow Government protocols and public health guidelines.

  • Outdoor gatherings for group exercise up to 200 people.

  • Observe physical distancing by keeping at least 2 metres apart.

  • Park legally and responsibly if driving to outdoor amenities.

  • Respect our emergency services and avoid activities that could potentially lead to emergency call outs.

  • Respect the environment, animals & wildlife and dispose of waste properly.

  • Travel separately, unless from the same household and visit outdoor areas at off peak times if possible.

It should be noted, any change to the over-arching ‘Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business’ may result in an amendment(s) to this table. Currently, we strongly advise the suspension of all angling competitions involving international competitors. To stay safe, anglers should follow public health guidelines:

Hand Hygiene   Cough Etiquette   Physical Distancing 2m   Equipment Disinfecting (not sharing)   STAY home if you have symptoms

 

Phase 3

  29th June
  Outside your region
Bank Anglers  Trout Salmon Pike Coarse
  • Can travel with no restrictions, apart from local lockdowns that may be in place.
  • In groups with physical distancing.
Boat Anglers  Game Coarse Pike Sea
  • Can travel with no restrictions, apart from local lockdowns that may be in place.
  • Max 2 anglers per boat unless from same household
  • Maintain physical distancing at slipways and access points.
Sea Anglers Shore 
  • Can travel with no restrictions, apart from local lockdowns that may be in place.
  • In groups with physical distancing.
 

Phase 4

  31 August
  Outside your region
Bank Anglers  Trout Salmon Pike Coarse
  • Can travel with no restrictions, apart from local lockdowns that may be in place.
  • In groups with physical distancing.
Boat Anglers  Game Coarse Pike Sea
  • Can travel with no restrictions, apart from local lockdowns that may be in place.
  • In groups with physical distancing.
  • Maintain physical distancing at slipways and access points.
Sea Anglers Shore 
  • Can travel with no restrictions, apart from local lockdowns that may be in place.
  • In groups with physical distancing.

 

Business Owners can determine when your business may reopen in accordance with the Government’s  ‘Roadmap to Reopening Society and Business’ . The Roadmap gives a list of essential businesses which can reopen in phase 1  and an outline of other businesses which can reopen in subsequent phases.  Once you have determined the phase under which you can reopen your business, please ensure you  adhere to the ‘Return to Work Safely Protocol’

Guides and Ghililes

    • Refer to Government’s ‘Return to Work Safely Protocol
    • Maintain physical distancing at all times.
    • Use a dummy rod set up to explain techniques, no sharing of cars or equipment.
    • Ensure one person ties all knots, lands all fish and handles their own equipment only.
    • Weighing and/or photographing of fish should be carried out with physical distancing.
    • All payments should be made electronically where possible.

Charter Boats

  • Refer to the Government’s ‘Return to Work Safely Protocol’.
  • Limit number of passengers to allow for physical distancing, no passengers allowed in wheelhouse
  • Provide hand sanitiser and encourage passengers to use it.
  • No sharing of equipment. Hire rods should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before and after use.
  • All payments should be made electronically where possible
  • IFI Updated Guidelines

05 May 2020

Guidelines for Anglers Updated - Covid-19

Inland Fisheries Ireland has updated its advice re angling to reflect the latest Government and NPHET advice.

As and from May 6th

  • anglers may fish in a location less than or equal to 5km from home

Open Fisheries

IFI owned/managed state fisheries are open and the Galway and Moy fisheries are re-opening on a pilot basis see here for more information.

ESB fisheries are now also open.

The status of private and club run fisheries is a matter for the fishery manager/committee.

Information regarding the purchase of permits and  salmon licences is available online at www.fishinginireland.info  .

Inland Fisheries Irelands will continue to monitor the situation and make further updates as appropriate in line the Governments Roadmap for reopening society and business.

Updated guidelines where travel to fish is permitted

  1. Fishing is permitted within 5km of your home

  2. Maintain social distancing at all times, especially at car parks, access points and launch sites.

  3. Anglers* should not share transport e.g. car/van when travelling to fish.

  4. Limit contact with other anglers and providers.

  5. Permit/licence sales online where possible

  6. Max. 2 persons* in small boat for inland/inshore fishing 

  7. Angling businesses may only open once classified as an essential service and should only operate if they can provide online/contactless services.

  8. Charter fishing or guided fishing may only operate where skippers/guides can guarantee compliance with social distancing measures.

  9. Recommend no competition fishing

  10. Facilities where anglers could gather to remain closed – lunch huts, etc.

  11. Where such facilities at 10 above are essential fishery should remain closed.

  12. Recommend anglers/guides/skippers to carry hand sanitiser and to use it after touching surfaces such as gates, stiles, pier railings, ladders, etc.

* Assumed to be individuals from different households.

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Fisheries Closure notices 

03 April 2020

#Stayathome. 

IFI angling guidelines that have been issued are to facilitate those that wish to take angling as their brief exercise while at all times following Government and HSE guidelines relating to social distancing.

IFI offers further clarification as follows:

  1. Fishing for a brief period means no more than an hour to an hour and a half

  2. Fish in a location less than or equal to 2km from your home

  3. Driving to fish is considered non-essential travel and therefore it is NOT APPROPRIATE for people to drive to a location whether within 2kms or further from home for the purpose of fishing.

  4. Fish only where you have permission to fish  - do not enter into private fisheries

  5. Use only legal methods

  6. Where you intend to fish club waters, check that they are open for fishing ( even if they are within 2km, they may not be open).

28 March 2020

Covid-19 Angling Guidelines

IFI has received input from the Dept. of Health in relation to the drafting of these recreational fishing guidelines and wish to advise as follows:

At present there have been no specific restrictions placed on recreational angling under the current Covid-19 guidelines however anybody intending to fish must ensure that they adhere to the latest advice on Covid-19 which is published here:

https://www.gov.ie/en/news/7e0924-latest-updates-on-covid-19-coronavirus/

and here:

https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html

All IFI owned and managed fisheries are now closed.

Anglers, angling clubs and fishery owners are advised to adhere to Government and HSE guidelines, to take normal safety precautions when fishing and in relation to Covid-19 should take the following into consideration:

  • Leaving home may only be undertaken for brief individual exercise - within 2 kilometres of your house. (You can bring children but must keep 2 metres away from others for social distancing).

  • Avoid crowded places

  • Reduce social interactions

  • Anglers should remain 2 metres apart (roughly one rod length) from each other and other members of the public

  • If applicable, anglers should check that the fishery is open in advance of fishing

  • Fish only if legally permitted to do so

  • Anglers need to be aware that they are in areas that are not routinely disinfected or cleaned and use all precautions to keep themselves and other safe from Covid19

Permits and licences are no longer for sale on-line. IFI approved distributors are recommended to not sell licences or permits on behalf of IFI at this time.

If you do intend to go fishing you should adhere to the guidelines for getting outdoors responsibly published by Leave No Trace.

24 April 2020

Waterways Ireland has closed all its canals and navigable waters to angling. Covid-19 Update 24 April 2020

15 April 2020

 NPWS has closed the Killarney Lakes and all NPWS waters to angling Boating and fishing no longer allowed in large parks and reserves [Irish Times article]

09 April 2020

All ESB fisheries are closed until further notice. These include River Shannon catchment, River Lee catchment, River Liffey catchment, Erne  and Assaroe Lake. For more information see https://www.esb.ie/acting-responsibly/fisheries-2

  • River Shannon catchment,
    • Including all fisheries in the Midland Fisheries Group
      • RIVER SUCK and tributaries. Lough O'Flynn, Lough Acalla, Hollygrove Lake, Stonehams Lake, Lough Lung, Blacks Lake
      • RIVER INNY and tributaries. Lough Sheelin, Lough Owel, Lough Ennel, Lough Derravaragh, Lough Glore, Louh Kinale, Bracklough Lough Patrick, Lough Iron
      • RIVER BROSNA and tributaries. Ballinafid Lake, Doolin Pond, McEvoys Lake, Sheever Lake, Slevins Lake, Mount Dalton Lake, Pallas Lake
      • LITTLE BROSNA RIVER and tributaries. Camcor River.
      • CAMLIN RIVER and tributaries.
  • River Lee catchment,
  • River Liffey catchment,
  • Erne
  • and Assaroe Lake.

28 March 2020

Covid-19 Notice – Fishery Closure

Effective March 28th, 2020 all IFI owned and managed fisheries are now closed until further notice.

Charter boat fishing

28 March 2020

Charter boat Fishing

Charter boat operators and anglers are referred to the latest advice on Covid19 noting that

  • Leaving home is only permitted for brief individual exercise - within 2 kilometres of your house. (You can bring children but must keep 2 metres away from others for social distancing).

https://www.gov.ie/en/news/7e0924-latest-updates-on-covid-19-coronavirus/

https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html

Effective: March 28, 2020

General notices

 

Inland Fisheries Ireland statement on COVID-19

Following the HSE and the Government’s advice in relation to the delay of COVID-19, Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has put in place a number of measures to maximise our capacity to continue to deliver our business and statutory services to the public.

All main River Basin District (RBD) offices are now closed to the public. IFI strongly encourages the public to engage with IFI using email, telephone and letter. IFI office staff are now working from home. In the circumstances, there may be delays in replying to queries. Contact details are available at the Contact us tab. 

IFI field staff continue normal operations bearing in mind current HSE advice.

IFI staff may attend meetings remotely only (e-meetings, conference calls etc).

Those wishing to purchase licences or permits, pay bills or undertake other financial transactions with IFI are requested to do so online, via telephone, bank transfer or by post. 

IFI has a 24 hour confidential hotline through which members of the public may report incidents of illegal fishing, water pollution and invasive species which will continue to operate.

IFI – 11:00, March 25th, 2020

 

 

Covid-19 Angling Guidelines

IFI has received input from the Dept. of Health in relation to the drafting of these recreational fishing guidelines and wish to advise as follows:

At present there have been no specific restrictions placed on recreational angling under the current Covid-19 guidelines however anybody intending to fish must ensure that they adhere to the latest advice on Covid-19 which is published here:

https://www.gov.ie/en/news/7e0924-latest-updates-on-covid-19-coronavirus/

and here:

https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html

Anglers are advised to take normal safety precautions when fishing and in relation to Covid-19 should take the following into consideration:

  • No non-essential travel should take place – fish in your local area
  • Avoid crowded places
  • Reduce social interactions
  • Anglers should remain 2 metres apart (roughly one rod length) from each other and other members of the public
  • If applicable, anglers should check that the fishery is open in advance of fishing
  • Anglers need to be aware that they are in areas that are not routinely disinfected or cleaned and use all precautions to keep themselves and other safe from Covid19

IFI managed fisheries will remain open where possible but anglers should consult their local RBD offices to check the status of specific fisheries or see below fisheries closure notice. There will be no boat rental on IFI managed fisheries and areas where people may congregate (changing rooms, offices, tea rooms etc.) will be closed.

IFI are working to move all licence and permit sales online and they will be made available at the following web pages:

Salmon:          https://store.fishinginireland.info/

Other:             http://shop.fishinginireland.info/

If you do intend to go fishing you should adhere to the guidelines for getting outdoors responsibly published by Leave No Trace.

 

 

Covid-19 Notice – Fishery Closure

 The following State managed salmon fisheries ;

Moy Fishery, Galway Weir and Cloongee (Foxord/Moy)

will be closed for angling (Public Access), effective from 17.00 on 25/3/20

until further notice.

This is to ensure compliance with Government advice on the delay of Covid-19

For further details Please contact 353 + 96 21332 (moyfishery@fisherisireland.ie)

              353-91-562388 (Seamus.Hartigan@fisheriesireland.ie)

 

 

Charter boat Fishing

Charter boat operators and anglers are referred to the latest advice on Covid19 particularly with regard to group sizes and social distancing

https://www.gov.ie/en/news/7e0924-latest-updates-on-covid-19-coronavirus/

https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html

Effective: March 27, 2020

 

 

Covid-19 – Supply of Fish from IFI

Following the HSE and the Government’s advice in relation to the delay of spread of COVID-19, Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has taken the decision to stop the sale and delivery of trout from its fish farms in Roscrea and Mullingar until further notice. We apologise for the impact on our customers and look forward to the resumption of fish sales and deliveries at the earliest opportunity.

Notice effective March 27, 2020 10:00.

 

 

 

 

18 March 2020

 

Inland Fisheries Ireland statement on COVID-19

Following the HSE and the Government’s advice in relation to the delay of COVID-19, Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has put in place a number of measures to maximise our capacity to continue to deliver our business and statutory services to the public.

All main River Basin District (RBD) offices remain open with a minimum staff complement. IFI strongly encourages the public to engage with IFI using email, telephone and letter. IFI has requested that office-based staff, if possible, work from home. In the circumstances, there may be delays in replying to queries. Contact details are available at the Contact us tab. 

IFI field staff continue normal operations bearing in mind current HSE advice.

IFI staff may attend meetings remotely only (e-meetings, conference calls etc).

Those wishing to purchase licences or permits, pay bills or undertake other financial transactions with IFI are requested to do so online, via telephone, bank transfer or by post. 

IFI has a 24 hour confidential hotline through which members of the public may report incidents of illegal fishing, water pollution and invasive species which will continue to operate.

IFI – 18:00, March 18th, 2020 

 

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