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#Angling - Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) is seeking submissions from interested parties in relation to a proposal to introduce a bye-law defining a closed season for angling for any species on Lough Sheelin in the Shannon River Basin District (No 8 District).

The proposal currently under consideration is to seek the Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources to introduce a bye-law on Lough Sheelin to close the lake to angling for any species from 13 October to the end of February in the following year.

IFI may, as part of the process, arrange a public consultation meeting if deemed necessary, but all submissions must be received in writing and will be published on the IFI website.

Submissions may be sent by email to [email protected] or by post to:

The Director,
Inland Fisheries Ireland,
Ashbourne Business Park,
Dock Road,
Limerick
V94 NPEO

The public consultation period will run for another three weeks with the closing date for receipt of submissions set at 5pm on Wednesday 16 March.

In other angling news, the River Feale (including Rivers Galey and Brick) will be open for salmon fishing on from next Tuesday 1 March till midnight of Friday 30 September.

Under the salmon tagging regulations, in 2016 the River Feale is designated as a 'brown tag' fishery. The brown tags for the River Feale bear the code B3.

Anglers must affix a brown tag along with a blue tag to any salmon which is retained. This means that salmon retained on the River Feale will have two tags attached.

Brown tags will issue from IFI officers only for the 2016 season. Please ring 087 763 9236 to arrange to meet and receive your first brown tag, as well as any additional tags needed (upon verification that the previous tag has been used, i.e. a fish has been caught and recorded in the logbook).

Only one brown tag will be issued at a time to each angler. If an angler has used their brown tag or doesn’t have a brown tag in their possession to use then they must fish by catch-and-release methods (single barbless hook and no worms).

Brown tags will continue to be issued until the angling quota is reached. National regulations apply and are available in the Wild Salmon and Sea Trout leaflet.

For any queries refer to the relevant IFI webpage or contact the Limerick office at [email protected] or 061 300 238.

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#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland has completed the development of its Draft Heritage Plan 2016-2020 for Ireland's inland waterways and has opened it up for public consultation until 6 November 2015.

Developed in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders, the plan encompasses the cultural, built and natural heritage of the inland waterway corridors and aims to "identify, conserve and promote the sustainable use of the unique waterways heritage for the enjoyment of this and future generations."

It is focused on connecting people, communities and the wider population with their local waterway and fostering a sense of place

Heritage plan working groups gave generously of their time to develop this strategy, and it is hoped to deliver the plan in partnership with them.

Waterways Ireland says implementation of the plan will require involvement from across all sectors: Government, NGOs, businesses and local communities.

"Only through this co-ordinated approach can the waterways remain strong, vibrant places to live, each with its own local distinctiveness, offering a space for the public to stand and appreciate 'living heritage' in all its forms," said the body for Ireland's waterways.

To participate in the public consultation, first download the draft plan HERE.

Submissions are invited in writing either by post (to Draft Heritage Plan Consultation, Waterways Ireland Western Regional Office, Dock Road, Drewsborough, Scarriff, Co Clare V94 H7N1) or by email to [email protected] by 6 November 2015 and should include the name and address of the person/organisation represented.

Additionally, a series of public information sessions – as previously reported on Afloat.ie – will be held throughout this month and into October, and feedback given at these will be included with the formal submissions.

Waterways Ireland says all written submissions and comments received during the above time period will be considered and the draft plan will be amended accordingly.

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#Eels - Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) invite submissions from interested parties on the following reports:

  • Report on the Implementation of Eel Management Plans for Ireland, including the transboundary NWIRBD 2015
  • Report from the independent Standing Scientific Committee on Eel 2015
  • Report on IFI’s National Eel Monitoring Programme 2012-2014

These reports should be read in conjunction with the original report:

  • National Report for Ireland on Eel Stock Recovery Plan - Including River Basin District Eel Management Plans

All the above documents are available for download from the Inland Fisheries Ireland website HERE or on CD-ROM from the address below.

These reports include the latest research and management information on eels in Ireland compiled over the last three years and updates the status of the stocks.

The management policy for eels in Ireland over the next three years will be determined from these reports and any relevant submissions received from interested parties.

Any party wishing to make a comment should send their submission on or before Wednesday 17 June 2015 to [email protected] or by post to:

Eel Submission, Inland Fisheries Ireland, 3044 Lake Drive, Citywest Business Campus, Dublin 24

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#DunLaoghaire - The public consultation on the proposed redevelopment of the old Victorian baths in Dun Laoghaire opened today (Monday 20 April).

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, last month the €2.5 million project was given the green light by the Department of the Environment.

The revised plans will see the baths – last used 20 years ago as the Rainbow Rapids – developed into artists' studios with a gallery and café space.

Among other changes, the old saltwater pool space will be filled in to create a green space between the People's Park and the East Pier.

The public consultation is open for submissions till 5 June 2015. Full details of the plans and all relevant consultation documents are available HERE.

The local 'Save our Seafront' campaign organisation has arranged a public meeting to discusss the new plans for the baths site and the nearby harbour on Thursday, April 30th at 7.30pm in the Kingston hotel.

#IFI - Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has today launched a public consultation in preparation for the development of a new five-year corporate plan.

Interested parties are being invited to submit observations on what should be included in the plan which will run from 2015 to 2020.

IFI was established under the Inland Fisheries Act of 2010, and under Section 41 of the Act it is required to prepare, adopt and submit for approval to the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources a five-year rolling corporate plan.

IFI’s current corporate plan covers the period 2011 to 2015 and is available on the IFI website HERE.


The principal functions of IFI are set out under Section 7(1) of the Act and these are the protection, management, and conservation of the inland fisheries resource. The general functions of the agency are:

  • To promote, support, facilitate, and advise the Minister on the conservation, protection, management, marketing, development and improvement of inland fisheries, including sea angling.
  • Develop and advise the minister on policy and national strategies relating to inland fisheries including sea angling and,
  • Ensure implementation and delivery of policy and strategies developed under subsection (b) as agreed with the minister.

Observations on what should be included in the new plan can be made to Emma Fortune, IFI Headquarters, 3044 Lake Drive, City West, Dublin 24 or by [email protected]

The deadline for receipt of observations is Friday 10 April 2015.

Published in Angling

#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland has opened a public consultation on its draft Disability Action Plan for Ireland's inland waterways.

According to the cross-border body for Ireland's main inland navigations, the draft represents its commitment "to promoting positive attitudes towards people with disabilities and encouraging their participation in public life".

The draft plan is aligned with guidance from the Equality Commission of Northern Ireland in accordance with Section 49A of the Disability Discrimination Act, 1995 (as amended by the Discrimination (NI) Order, 2006).
 
Waterways Ireland says it hopes to "obtain wide ranging views" on the draft plan and "invite ideas on how best we can develop and promote increased participation opportunities for people with disabilities". 

The consultation is open until 2 March 2015. Download the draft plan, and find details on how to participate, on the Waterways Ireland website HERE.

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#Flora&Fauna - Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) and the National Biodiversity Data Centre (NBDC) have launched a second round of public consultation on its risk assessments on certain non-native species – including a number of marine and waterways species, following the first round in mid-May.

The following risk assessments of various plant species, many of which grow on or close to Ireland's inland waterways, are now available for comment via www.nonnativespecies.ie until Wednesday 6 August 2014:

 •Allium triquetrum (Three-cornered Leek)

 •Corbicula fluminea (Asian Clam)

 •Egeria densa (Large-flowered Waterweed)

 •Hydrocotyle ranunculoides (Floating Pennywort)

 •Impatiens glandulifera (Himalayan Balsam)

 •Ludwigia spp. (Water Primroses)

 •Lysichiton americanus (American Skunk-cabbage)

 •Myriophyllum aquaticum (Parrot’s Feather) 

The following risk assessments will be available for comment shortly:

 •Carpobrotus edulis (Hottentot-fig)

 •Elodea canadensis (Canadian Pondweed)

 •Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea-buckthorn)

 •Juncus planifolius (Broad-leaved Rush)

 •Hyacinthoides hispanica (including H. non-scripta x H. hispanica) (Spanish Bluebell)

 •Persicaria perfoliata (Mile-a-minute Weed)

 •Rubus spectabilis (Salmonberry)

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#Angling - Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has given notice of public consultations on draft angling byelaws for the Rivers Suir, Nore and Slaney.

The draft angling byelaw for the River Suir provides for catch and release when angling for salmon (any size) and sea trout (over 40cm) in the main course and including the waters of the Rivers Clodiagh, Lingaun and Blackwater.

It also prohibits the use of worms, prawn, shrimp or any other crustacean or artificial forms thereof as bait and any fish hooks other than single barbless hooks during the period from 17 March to 30 September 2014.

Meanwhile, the draft angling byelaw for the River Nore provides for catch and release when angling for Salmon (any size) and Sea Trout (over 40 cm) during the period from 17 March to 31 May 2014.

This byelaw also provides for the use of single barbless hooks, prohibits the use of worms as bait during this period, and introduces a bag limit of five fish subject to a daily bag limit of one fish during the period rom 1 June to 30 September.

Once the bag limit has been reached it is prohibited to use any fish hooks other than single barbless hooks as well as the use of worms as bait during this period in angling for salmon (any size) and sea trout (over 40cm) in those waters.

Regarding the River Slaney, the relevant draft angling byelaw extends the annual close season in angling for salmon, sea trout and brown trout in the main watercourse and its tributaries from 26 February to 16 March and from 17 September to 30 September.

The byelaw provides for catch and release during the period from 17 March to 16 September in angling for salmon and sea trout. It also provides for the use of artificial fly only with single barbless hook upstream of the old bridge in Enniscorthy, with provision for single barbless hook and a ban on worms as bait downstream of the bridge when angling for salmon or sea trout.

Submissions on all three draft byelaws can be made to IFI Clonmel by email at [email protected] or by post to Inland Fisheries Ireland, Anglesea Street, Clonmel, Co Tipperary. The closing date for receipt of submissions is Wednesday 5 March 2014.

Published in Angling

#Oil&Gas - The public consultation on the first stage of environmental assessment for developing an oil and gas licensing framework in Northern Ireland's inland waters continues till next Friday 14 June.

The 'Scoping Report' was issued on 24 April last by Northern Ireland's Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) and marks the first step of the EU-mandated Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) process.

The current consultation seeks comments on the appropriateness of the proposed scope of the SEA and the proposed assessment methodology.

Anti-fracking campaigners Good Energies Alliance Ireland (GEAI) argue that any future oil and gas exploration or extraction in Belfast Lough or Larne Lough would include horizontal drilling and franking.

With one week left to go, GEAI is among those urging the public to have their say in the consultation, citing the 1,300 submissions received by the EPA that the group claims it encouraged on a proposed franking research study.

Northern Ireland has four existing petroleum licences across three main areas of exploration in Antrim, Fermanagh and Derry.

Published in Inland Waterways

#GALWAY FISH FARM - Galway Bay FM reports that a full public consultation on proposals for what's set to be Europe's largest fish farm off the Aran Islands is scheduled to begin next week.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the 15,000-tonne deep-sea organic salmon farm would be located on a 500-hectare site in Galway Bay off Inis Oírr, and would be one of the largest of its kind in Europe, projected to be worth €103 million annually for the economy.

The statutory consultation period ended earlier this month after delays over the summer in publishing the licence application. And from next Monday 15 October, Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) will make the plan and all statutory feedback available to the public via its website at www.bim.ie.

Advertisements announcing the consultation will appear in local and national newspapers, and packs will also be available to view for locals at Kilronan and Salthill Garda stations, including copies of the environmental impact statements and information on the statutory consultation process.

BIM aquaculture development manager Donal Maguire told Galway Bay FM that transparency is key to ensuring the public had all the information they need regarding the scheme - which has faced opposition from local anglers who fear the fish farm could have a negative impact on wild salmon numbers.

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RNLI Ireland Information

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts.

The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and the Channel Islands.

The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,200 lives.

How many RNLI stations are there in Ireland?

46 stations

The RNLI currently operates from 46 stations in the Republic and Northern Ireland. Different classes of lifeboat are needed for various locations. So RNLI lifeboats are divided into two category types: all-weather and inshore.

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