Eamon Cusack will assume the chair at the UK-based international body that promotes sustainable management of freshwater and marine fisheries.
Cusack said he was “passionate” about protecting and rebuilding fisheries threatened by habitat damage and over-exploitation.
To ensure their future, he would seek to continue to build successful partnerships between government and non-government organisations.
Cusack succeeds Ian Dolben, who served as chairman over the past five years. Dolben credited the success of the institute during his term to members taking on voluntary roles, changing its public face and taking its members’ services to a new level.
Eamon Cusack has over 35 years’ experience in the development and management of inland fisheries, including EU-funded projects, and has been an active member of the institute for more than 30 years.
He was a ministerial appointee to the Irish Central Fisheries Board, which oversees Irish national fisheries policy and strategy.
A native of Galway, Cusack grew up on the banks of the River Dodder in Dublin. While a young member of Dodder Anglers, the largest angling club in Ireland, he became aware of the many pressures facing fisheries which began his lifelong interest in their management.