38 ‘brown tags’ for the Lower River Lee will be issued on Monday, 11th April and the deadline to enter online lottery is midnight on Friday, April 8th 2022.
To boost conservation efforts, anglers who wish to catch and keep wild salmon from the Lower River Lee in Cork this year, are being reminded by Inland Fisheries Ireland that ‘brown tag’ regulations are in force until the season closes on 30th September, 2022.
The measures are included in the Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme (Amendment) Regulations, signed into law by the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan, T.D.
Under brown tag regulations, an angler who wishes to ‘harvest’ a wild salmon i.e., take or keep it, must attach a brown tag as well as a standard blue tag to the fish. To help conserve stocks of wild salmon within the Lower River Lee, No. 5 or Cork District, a total of 152 brown tags will be available for the season and will be distributed to anglers with a valid 2022 rod licence through a series of four online lotteries.
Up to a quarter of the available number of brown tags can be issued at one time, under the Wild Salmon and Seatrout Tagging Scheme Regulations. In the first online lottery which took place in January this year, 38 brown tags were issued to anglers. On Monday, April 11th 22, a further 38 tags will be issued.
How to apply
Any anglers that are interested in entering the draw on Monday 11th April, 2022 are being asked to email their request to Inland Fisheries Ireland at: email@example.com between Friday, March 25th 2022 and Friday, April 8th 2022 only.
Within this email, anglers must provide their name, contact address, contact telephone number and they must also quote their 2022 Salmon Licence number (including letter prefix). Only one entry is permitted per licence holder into the draw.
Anglers who received a tag in the last draw are only permitted to enter this draw if they have used their tag. Evidence of using the tag must accompany the angler’s entry to this draw in the form of a photo of the salmon double tagged and evidence of the entry of the fish caught in their angler’s logbook.
Anglers with a 2022 rod licence who are not allocated a brown tag are only permitted to fish for salmon on a ‘catch and release’ basis on the Lower River Lee, where the salmon is returned safely to the same waterbody.
Further details are available from the Inland Fisheries Ireland’s website at www.fisheriesireland.ie or by phoning its Macroom office on (026) 41221.