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Inland Fisheries Ireland ‘hooks’ Esri Ireland’s Community Engagement Award

Inland Fisheries Ireland at Esri Ireland awards night

Inland Fisheries Ireland team with their award L-R (Pat Mannix, Claire Colfer, Eoin Leonard, William Roche and Diarmuid Ryan)

Award presented to Inland Fisheries Ireland for the Irish Marine Recreational Sea Angling project

Inland Fisheries Ireland, the state agency responsible for the protection, conservation, development and promotion of freshwater fish, habitats and sea angling has been awarded Esri Ireland's Community Engagement award for the work that was done as part of the IMREC (Irish Marine Recreational Angling Survey) project.

Esri Ireland, the market leader in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), held their 2022 Customer Success Awards ceremony in the Marker Hotel on 9th March last. The Community Engagement Award recognises organisations that demonstrate excellence in communicating and collaborating with citizens & external communities of interest, promoting more informed decision-making and supporting community engagement on important initiatives.

Speaking after the award announcement Pat Mannix, Data Manager at Inland Fisheries Ireland said: “We are delighted that we have been awarded the Esri Ireland Community Engagement award for 2022. At Inland Fisheries Ireland, we are committed to using ArcGIS Hub technology to share data and to connect with and empower communities. This recognition is a testament to the hard work of the project team. We would like to extend a huge thank you to Esri Ireland for this honour, and we look forward to continuing our work in community engagement with GIS.”

Inland Fisheries Ireland and Esri Ireland

Inland Fisheries Ireland team being presented with the Community Engagement Award by Esri Ireland L-R (Michael Byrne Esri Ireland, William Roche IFI, Claire Colfer IFI, Eoin Leonard IFI, Diarmuid Ryan IFI, Pat Mannix IFI and Paul Synott Esri Ireland)

Inland Fisheries Ireland’s angler diary web app, developed using ArcGIS Survey123 technology from Esri, turns sea anglers into citizen scientists by enabling them to gather and upload real-time information, from any device, about their catches. This information is then automatically transferred to a shared repository, called ArcGIS Hub. This technology allows Inland Fisheries Ireland to provide a community engagement platform that organises people, data, and tools through information-driven initiatives.

Importantly, the free IMREC web app provides the angler with a unique personal electronic diary of their fishing activity which is visible only to them. The information acknowledges anglers as important fisheries stakeholders and will be used to support management and conservation decisions at national and EU level.

For more information on IMREC and to sign up to the angler diary, please go to:


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Inland Fisheries Ireland is a statutory body operating under the aegis of the Department of Environment, Climate and Communication (DECC) and was established under the Fisheries Act on 1st July 2010. Its principal function is the protection and conservation of the inland fisheries resource. Inland Fisheries Ireland promotes, supports, facilitates and advises the Minister on the conservation, protection, management, development and improvement of inland fisheries, including sea angling. Inland Fisheries Ireland also develops policy and national strategies relating to inland fisheries and sea angling and advises the Minister on the same (

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