The pool system allocates brown tags to anglers who are successful in the lottery system. The tags must be placed on harvested fish along with a blue tag as proof it was lawfully caught and may be retained for private use.
These essential identification rules for salmon angling are in force until the season closes on September 30th, 2023.
Commenting on the requirements Sean Long, Director of the Southwest River Basin District at IFI, stated: “Brown tag regulations for salmon and sea trout are required on the Lower River Lee in Cork to conserve stocks and avoid accidental over-harvesting.
“Where there is a modest harvestable surplus with a risk of over exploitation, this brown gill tag system is introduced to closely monitor the angling quotas.
“The numbers of wild Atlantic salmon returning to our rivers is declining and the risk of over-fishing puts stocks in further jeopardy. Conservation measures such as brown tags are necessary and very effective.”
On Monday 24th July, 45 ‘brown tags’ will be allocated for salmon on the Lower River Lee.
Three quarters of the available 180 tags have been issued to anglers with a valid 2023 rod licence through a series of online lotteries.
Anglers with a 2023 rod licence, not allocated a brown tag, are only permitted to fish for salmon and sea trout greater than 40cm on a ‘catch and release’ basis on the Lower River Lee, where the salmon is returned safely to the same waterbody.
Previous online draws took place in January, March, and May.
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