River Bandon, Conservation of Sea Trout & Brown Trout Bye Law

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River Bandon, Conservation of Sea Trout & Brown Trout Bye Law

Inland Fisheries Ireland - Public Consultation

No. 5 or Cork Fisheries District, River Bandon, (Conservation of Sea Trout & Brown Trout) Bye Law

Inland Fisheries Ireland is seeking submissions from interested parties in respect of a proposed new Bye-law which would:

(a) set a minimum length of 25cm for any sea trout or any brown trout caught and retained on the waters of the River Bandon and its tributaries.

(b) set a bag limit of not more than 3 brown trout per day on the waters of the River Bandon and its tributaries.

(c) require anglers to fish catch & release methods, ban the use of worms and allow only single, barbless hooks in angling for brown trout once the 3 per day bag limit had been reached.

Why is this bye-law being considered?

At present there is no minimum length size for any sea trout or brown trout caught and retained by rod and line on the River Bandon. Nor is there any bag limit for brown trout. There is a national bag limit of 3 sea trout under 40cm, per day.

This new Bye-law will reinstate and expand regulations on size and bag limits which were originally set by Bye-law No. 828 of 2007, which was revoked in 2011.

This new Bye-law will help to conserve the numbers of brown trout, of all sizes, being taken from upstream areas of the river and its tributaries and the numbers of juvenile sea trout being taken in the lower river and the upper estuary.

All submissions must be received in writing. Please be aware that all submissions received by Inland Fisheries Ireland will be published on its website www.fisheriesireland.ie. In addition Inland Fisheries Ireland is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 1997 and therefore has to consider any request made to it under that Act. 

If you consider that any part of your submission would be subject to any of the statutory exclusions under that Act please so indicate in your submission, specifying under which exemption you believe the content should be excluded.

Inland Fisheries Ireland will make every effort to comply fully with the Data Protection (Amendment) Act 2003 and the EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC

Submissions should be marked ‘Public consultation – River Bandon (Conservation of Trout)’ and be submitted by post to: Inland Fisheries Ireland, Sunnyside House, Macroom, Co. Cork, P12 X602 or by email to:
bandonriverbyelaw@fisheriesireland.ie

The Public Consultation period will run for 14 days and the closing date for receipt of submissions is 5pm on Monday 31st December 2018.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What does this Bye-Law do?

This new Bye-law will

  • set a minimum length of 25cm for any sea trout or any brown trout caught and retained on the waters of the River Bandon and its tributaries.
  • set a bag limit of not more than 3 brown trout per day on the waters of the River Bandon and its tributaries.
  • require anglers to fish catch & release methods, ban the use of worms and allow only single, barbless hooks in angling for brown trout once the 3 per day bag limit had been reached.  

 

  1. Why is this Bye-Law necessary?

At present there is no minimum length size for any sea trout or brown trout caught and retained by rod and line on the River Bandon. Nor is there any bag limit for brown trout. There is a national bag limit of 3 sea trout under 40cm, per day.

A previous Bye-law which set size and bag limits for sea trout and brown trout, (Bye-law No. 828 of 2007), was revoked in 2011, when national sea trout angling regulations were created .

Bye-law No.828 of 2007 was introduced to counter the problems of large numbers of brown trout, of all sizes, being taken from upstream areas of the river and its tributaries and of juvenile sea trout being taken in the lower river and the upper estuary.

Since it has been revoked these problems have re-emerged. This new Bye-law seeks to remedy this.

  1. Who is affected by this Bye-Law?

This Bye-law will affect any anglers who normally fish for sea trout or for brown trout and retain their catch on all the waters of the River Bandon or its tributaries.

  1. What species of fish are protected by this Bye-Law?

This Bye-law is to protect sea trout and brown trout under 25cm in length, when measured in a straight line from the snout to the fork of the tail.

  1. What about the anglers that fish for other species on the R. Bandon?

This new Bye-law will only affect anglers who previously retained sea trout and brown trout under 25cm in length, when measured in a straight line from the snout to the fork of the tail.

Angling for other species (salmon, etc.) on the R. Bandon will not be affected by this Bye-law.

  1. Will it be a permanent Bye-Law?

Yes, this will be a permanent Bye-law.

  1. How can I make a submission to the process?

All submissions must be received in writing.

Submissions should be marked ‘Public consultation – River Bandon (Conservation of Trout)’ and be submitted by post to: Inland Fisheries Ireland, Sunnyside House, Macroom, Co. Cork, P12 X602 or by email to: bandonriverbyelaw@fisheriesireland.ie

The Public Consultation period will run until 5 pm on Monday 31st December 2018.

  1. Will my submission be made public?

All submissions received by Inland Fisheries Ireland will be published on its website www.fisheriesireland.ie. In addition Inland Fisheries Ireland is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 1997 and therefore has to consider any request made to it under that Act.

If you consider that any part of your submission would be subject to any of the statutory exclusions under that Act please so indicate in your submission, specifying under which exemption you believe the content should be excluded.

Inland Fisheries Ireland will make every effort to comply fully with the Data Protection (Amendment) Act 2003 and the EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC.

 

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