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#Angling - Anglers in Northern Ireland have been reminded to report their catches from 2015 to the Loughs Agency by this Thursday 21 January at the latest.

As the Belfast Telegraph reports, anyone who holds a Foyle and Carlingford rod license for salmon and sea trout angling is legally obliged to inform the Loughs Agency of how many times they went fishing and whether they caught any fish.

This data is necessary for the agency to gauge the health of fish stocks as well as the popularity of angling in any particular area under its remit.

"A lot of anglers are not aware that they must make a return within 21 days of the end of the season, even if they never actually went fishing or didn't catch anything and have a nil return to make," said the Lough's Agency's Art Niven.

The Belfast Telegraph has more on the story HERE.

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#Angling - The Irish Specimen Fish Committee has just ratified two new Irish record fish.

Dublin angler Tom Lynch has broken the Irish twaite shad record with a 1.64kg specimen from the River Barrow at St Mullins, caught on 15 May last, while the new smooth hound record was broken by Gareth Murphy with an 8.62kg whopper from Wicklow Bay on 24 May.

Full details are in the Irish Specimen Fish Committee report for 2015 which just been released and is available on the ISFC website or from the Inland Fisheries Ireland website.

As well as the new record fish, detailed information on almost 450 specimen fish (ie large fish) taken by anglers from venues throughout Ireland in 2015 are presented.

Hard copies of the report will be available from 18 January from Inland Fisheries Ireland offices nationally.

The new report has details of 45 different species of specimen fish taken by anglers in 2015.

Thirty-two different species (including blue shark, pollock, several species of ray, gilthead bream, etc) were taken by sea anglers while freshwater anglers accounted for the remaining species.

Particularly large numbers of specimen thick lipped mullet (16% of total ratified) and smooth hound (14%) were caught, weighed and released, and in freshwater, carp (10%) dominated specimen returns. Large numbers of the exotic mullet species, golden greys and thin-lipped, were also ratified.

The ISFC Awards Day, when anglers will be presented with their awards and certificates, will be held on Saturday 20 February in Dublin in conjunction with the Irish Angling Show weekend.

Meanwhile, anglers both at home and abroad will be reading the report carefully to plan their angling trips to catch the big fish in Ireland in 2016.

Download a PDF copy of the Irish Specimen Fish 2015 report HERE.

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#Pollution - The effects of diesel laundering over decades in South Armagh are being felt even greater today, say Dundalk anglers, as the New Year starts with the River Fane closed to all but catch-and-release fishing.

As Independent.ie reports, a 10-fold decrease in stocks of salmon as well as brown trout and sea trout in the river, which flows into Dundalk Bay from the Monaghan-Armagh border, is the direct result of diesel laundering operations by the IRA since at least the 1980s.

Waste from the process of converting subsidised agricultural 'green' diesel to 'white' diesel for general road use has reportedly been dumped openly into a tributary of Lough Ross, which feeds into the Fane – a river that supplies drinking water to Dundalk and much of North Louth.

A recent study found that these pollutants include polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons or PAHs, the same chemicals that continue to affect spawning grounds in areas impacted by the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska 26 years ago.

Independent.ie has much more on the story HERE.

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#Angling - Minister of State Joe McHugh has approved a suite of regulations and bye-laws that will govern the wild salmon and sea trout fisheries in the New Year, coming into effect from Friday 1 January.

Minister McHugh said 50 rivers will be fully open and this will provide opportunities for all to share this important natural resource on a sustainable basis. A further 32 will be open for angling on a catch and release basis.

In all, 82 rivers will open for angling activity in 2016 - one fewer than in 2015.

Minister McHugh received management advice in relation to 146 genetically individual wild salmon stocks in Ireland from Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) before making a final decision.

This advice was also made available publicly as part of a public consultation process and was based on the scientific assessment of the current status of all stocks carried out by the independent Standing Scientific Committee on Salmon.

The committee comprises scientists from IFI, Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Marine Institute, the Loughs Agency, the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI- Northern Ireland) other State bodies and third level institutions.

Thirteen submissions were considered as part of the public consultation process which closed on 10 December.

In all, the Independent Standing Scientific Committee for Salmon (SSCE) assessed 146 rivers/estuaries/harbours and has advised that:

  • 50 rivers are open as a surplus of fish has been identified in these rivers.
  • 32 rivers are classified as open for “catch and release” angling.
  • 64 rivers are closed as they have no surplus of fish available for harvest.

The Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme Regulations for 2016 are in essence unchanged from the Regulations which were introduced for 2015.

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#Angling - Following the news that Ireland's bronze-winning anglers will host next year's Shore Angling Worlds in Wexford comes confirmation that the FIPS-ed Youth Worlds will be held in Cork in 2017.

According to The Corkman, more than 40 teams from around the globe will make the trip to Coachford for the championships that will be fished on Inniscarra Reservoir.

And it's set to be the biggest world championship angling event ever staged in Ireland, says National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland (NCFFI) president Der Casey.

The Corkman has more on the story HERE.

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#Angling - The tender process for Inland Fisheries Ireland's (IFI) State fisheries for 2016 is now open.

A list of available fisheries is available to download from the IF website HERE. To tender for one or more fisheries, fill out the Condition of Tender and Application Form 2016.

Tenders will be accepted up until 18 December 2015; proof of postage on or before this date will be accepted. Please mark your envelope TENDER APPLICATION and send it to:

Paul O’Reilly
Business Development,
Inland Fisheries Ireland,
3044 Lake Drive,
Citywest,
Dublin 24

If your angling club is interested in a longer-term licence, fill out the relevant section on your form but ensure to tender the ‘per year’ licence fee.

In addition, all clubs who held a licence on a State fishery during the 2015 season need to fill out an End of Year Report Form and return it to IFI Swords at the above address, or by email, by 31 December 2015.

End of Year Reports may be posted together with tender applications, however, all envelopes marked ‘TENDER APPLICATION’ will not be opened until after the closing date for applications. Any tender cheques enclosed will also not be acknowledged until after 18 December.

If you have any queries relating to State fisheries or the 2016 tender process, contact Paul O’Reilly at [email protected] or at 01 884 2600.

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#Angling - It was a podium finish in Portugal for Team Ireland at the 32nd World Shore Angling Championships last month.

A fourth-place finish on a tough fourth day of the week-long contest was enough to secure the bronze medal for Ireland's eight-strong angling team in the Algarve on 26 November, as Fishing in Ireland reports.

"The importance of this result cannot be overstated," said Irish Federation of Sea Anglers (IFAA) chairman Michael Quinn as the team arrived back at Dublin Airport on 28 November.

"It shows that Ireland’s anglers are among the very best in the world and can compete with the very best in the world at the highest international level."

Ireland last claimed the world bronze medal in the Netherlands in 2012,as previously reported on Afloat.ie.

Next year's Shore Angling Worlds will be held in Wexford between 12 and 19 November.

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#Angling - Proposals from Brussels for a total ban on bass angling in Ireland for the first six months of 2016 have raised the ire of anglers and related businesses.

As Derek Evans writes in today's Irish Times, the "stringent" measures, if adopted, would include a ban on recreational angling alongside prohibitions on commercial fishing for bass - with a monthly one-tonne catch limit for boats and a single-bag limit for anglers in the latter half of the year.

Evans quotes from angling guide John Quinlan, who says he will be lobbying the EU Fisheries Commission "to allow us to at least be able to fish catch and release. Otherwise, it will effectively close down businesses like mine."

Management of bass stocks is the focus of a new satellite tagging scheme being undertaken by Inland Fisheries Ireland, as previously reported on Afloat.ie.

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#Angling - Minister for Natural Resources Joe McHugh has today (Monday 30 November) launched the public consultation on the National Strategy for Angling Development (NSAD).

Prepared by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI), the NSAD is the first comprehensive national framework for the development of Ireland's angling resource.

It is intended that the strategy will deliver a wide-ranging set of investments, innovations and promotions over the coming years.

This will ensure that Ireland's fish stocks and angling infrastructure are protected and enhanced for both their economic value and their recreational benefit to the communities and visitors they serve across the country.

“This strategy is necessary and timely to protect our wonderful inland fisheries and sea angling resources in their own right but also to safeguard and grow further the 11,350 jobs supported and €836 million contributed annually to Ireland’s economy by recreational angling," said Minister McHugh.

“These jobs and economic activity occur primarily in rural and peripheral areas of the country. The strategy supports the Government’s rural development, tourism and social inclusion objectives, and I urge all stakeholders to participate in the consultation process.”

IFI chief executive Dr Ciaran Byrne thanked all those who took part in the initial consultation process. “The inputs from stakeholders have been invaluable to Inland Fisheries Ireland in the preparation of the National Strategy for Angling Development. We look forward to working with all of our stakeholders in progressing the strategy.”

In accordance with Article 13(1)(b) of the European Communities (Environmental Assessment of Certain Plans and Programmes) Regulations 2004 (S.I. 435), as amended by the European Communities (Environmental Assessment of Certain Plans and Programmes)(Amendment) Regulations 2011, Inland Fisheries Ireland has prepared:

  • A Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Environmental Screening Report of the likely significant effects on the environment of implementing the Strategy, in accordance with Directive 2001/42/EC of the European Parliament and Council of 27 June 2001 on the assessment of the effects of certain plans and programmes on the environment as transposed into Irish law by the European Communities (Environmental Assessment of Certain Plans and Programmes) Regulations 2004 as amended.
  • A Habitats Directive Screening Statement for Appropriate Assessment (AA), pursuant to Article 6 of Council Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora as transposed into Irish law by the European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2011.

The NSAD screening reports and supporting documents are available for viewing and downloading HERE; from IFI, 3044 Lake Drive, Citywest Business Campus, Dublin 24, D24 Y265; or at IFI offices countrywide (please see www.fisheriesireland.ie for addresses and maps).

Written submissions or observations should be sent to [email protected] or NSAD Consultation, 3044 Lake Drive, Citywest Business Campus, Dublin 24, D24 Y265 and must be received no later than Monday 4 January 2016.

For more information visit www.fisheriesireland.ie.

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#Angling - Erne Anglers members dominate across two squads selected to compete in the FIPSed World Youth Angling Championships in Portugal next summer.

Jack Tisdall, youth team manager for the National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland (NCFFI), announced the two teams earlier this month, selected from four qualifying events throughout the year and judged on their general angling ability and commitment to the sport.

The U18 team comprises nearly all Erne Anglers youths, with Enda Monogue of New Ross AC the only non-member alongside Aaron Galbraith, James O’Doherty, Stefan Patterson and Harry Whitehead.

Erne Anglers are also represented in the U23 squad by Haydn Kellegher and Kieran Kelly, with Jamie Edwards (Carrickmacross AC), Aaron Hutchman (East Belfast AC) and Rob Kavanagh (Daingean AC) completing the lineup.

Tidal said he was “delighted" to present the youth selection for 2016 "which this year includes a number of new faces representing the high level of development of our junior coarse anglers in Ireland.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took part in the qualifying process and the parental support and encourage those who were unsuccessful this time to stick with the process for the future.

"Attendance at qualifiers and national events during the year helps to improve the angling abilities of all those taking part,” he added.

The two teams will travel together to Portugal in July and will receive a subsidy of €3,500 towards travel costs from the NCFFI, tackle and equipment from team sponsors Tubertini UK Ltd and groundbait from Van Den Eynde. Additional sponsors will be sought by the NCFFI to keep costs to a minimum.

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