Inland Fisheries Ireland has successfully prosecuted a man for using a barbed fishing hook in Cork.
Mr Stephen Hackett of Leitrim Street, Cork was found guilty of using the hook, refusing to provide personal details when asked, and impeding an Inland Fisheries Ireland(IFI) officer.
Commenting today, Sean Long South-Western River Basin District Director at IFI said: “I welcome the determination in this case. Angling methods on the River Lee are tightly controlled.
“The use of triple barbed hooks is completely banned on this section of the River Lee. There were a limited number of salmon and sea trout available to kill in 2022 - and therefore there are restrictions on the type of fishing hook that can be used.
“Single barbless hooks cause less injuries to the fish. They are easier to remove, and also reduce handling time, which can be an important factor influencing survival.
“Anglers or members of the general public can report illegal fishing incidents, or those relating to water pollution, or fish kills, to our 24/7 confidential phone number, 0818 34 74 24.”