Press Release

IFI secures fines/costs of €8k against 2 Dublin men for illegal netting in Laois

Inland Fisheries Ireland(IFI) has secured convictions against two men for illegal netting, with fines and costs reaching €8,000.

Mr Valiulis Dalius and Mr Bloslanas Dzapbarovas, both of Kilnamanagh, Dublin 24 were prosecuted for using a net to capture fish in freshwater river/lakes, and for keeping up a continued net stretched across any river.

The incident happened on the Grand Canal near Monasterevin, in the townland of Killinure, Co. Laois.  

Commenting after the court verdict, Lynda Connor South Eastern River Basin District Director at IFI said: “The protection of our freshwater fish species is extremely important in an era when there are numerous pressures impacting Ireland’s environment.

“I commend our local IFI protection officers for their unwavering commitment in protecting our fisheries resource.”

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Seized net at the Grand Canal, Co Laois

The incident took place on May 27th, 2023.

Both men were fined €3,000 each, and had to pay €1,000 in legal costs each.

This case was finalised at Portlaoise District Court on February 16th 2024. 

The offences were in contravention of Section 95(1) of the Fisheries (Consolidation) Act 1959, and Section 91(1)(d) of the same Act, as amended by Section 77 of the Inland Fisheries Act 2010.

Inland Fisheries Ireland continues to encourage the public to report illegal fishing incidents, or those relating to water pollution, habitat destruction, or fish kills, to its 24/7 confidential phone number, 0818 34 74 24.