Are Bye-laws 806 and 809 going to be removed? If they are removed what does IFI expect the outcome to be? Does IFI believe that managing the lakes for trout by the removal of pike is effective? What peer reviewed scientific evidence does IFI have in relation to the origin of pike?
IFI does not introduce or remove bye-laws, that is a matter for the Minister. It is recommended in the plan that ‘ the protection conferred upon them under bye-law 806 (Conservation of and Prohibition on Sale of Coarse Fish, Bye-Law 806 2006) is removed in these catchments as an additional measure to help somewhat reduce numbers if the evidence base indicates that this will be beneficial to wild brown trout’ and ‘ Consideration may also be given to a review of the current Conservation of Pike Bye-law No. 809, 2006 which confers special legal protection on pike with regard to their exploitation by angling. This may be inappropriate on lakes which are being managed specifically for salmonids or where pike have been recently introduced.’
Research on pike is available on our website here, here, here and here.