Friday, 27 November 2015

Draft Copy Salmon & Sea Trout Regulations 2016

Joe McHugh, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, gives statutory notice of his intention to make the Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme Regulations, 2015 to provide for the management of the wild salmon and sea trout fishery by Inland Fisheries Ireland from 1st January 2016.
A copy of the draft regulations (S.I. No. xxx of 2015), is open for public inspection at the offices of the Department in Cavan and also at the offices of Inland Fisheries Ireland.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Bringing Back the Salmon Nets is not the Answer

Sent in by John O'Brien Concerned Angler

Having read the article in the Irish Mirror Online 22-11-2015 I have to disagree with Chairman of Irish Islands Marine Resource Organisation Mr Jerry Early on the ban of salmon fishing 2006 where he states "stocks of salmon have not increased since that time and has demanded the ban be lifted".

Mr Early's statement is very ill informed as salmon numbers did improve after the 2006 ban. If anything our wild salmon should be allowed to continue their safe passage to migrate back up the rivers to spawn without the threat of interception by Salmon nets that have been proven to be highly destructive in their capacity to damage salmon numbers.

Friday, 6 November 2015

Massive Super Trawler The Margiris 50 miles off Donegal Bay

She's back. Today (Friday 6 November 2015), the second largest fishing boat in the world, Margiris, is fishing just off Donegal Bay. This super trawler was banned from Australia, but now as a European registered fishing vessel, the vessel is permitted to operate in any European waters and can fish in any area and retain on board any fish for which it has a nationally assigned European quota. She is currently fishing 50 miles off Donegal Bay.

More About the Margiris
In 2012, Seafish Tasmania brought the ship (then named the Abel Tasman) to Australia. She was originally authorized to catch a quota of 18,000 tonnes of jack mackerel and redbait along the southern shores of the country. After protests against her use by environmental and fishing industry groups, the Australian government passed legislation prohibiting the trawler from fishing in Australian waters for two years. 
For this reason, Seafish Tasmania subsequently sold its stake in the vessel to Dutch company Parlevliet & Van der Plas. On March 6, 2013, after six months moored in Australian waters, she left Port Lincoln, having ressumed her original name of Margiris.
After leaving Australian waters, the vessel passed through Cook Strait, New Zealand on March 20, 2013. She was now flagged to Lithuania and owned by Atlantic High Sea Fishing Company.
Margiris arrived in Port of Penco, Chile on April 7, 2013. The vessel did not berth and steamed out of the bay to fish.
The Super Trawler issue was subject to a court challenge in 2014 and an Australian Government scientific report published in late 2014. Before and after this report there was reaffirmation that super trawlers over 130 metres, like Margiris, would not be permitted under Australia's environmental protection law, yet controversy continues in Australia about factory-fishing boats.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Men prosecuted for assaulting and obstructing a Fishery Officer on River Aherlow

Men prosecuted for assaulting and obstructing a Fishery Officer on River Aherlow

At a sitting of Fermoy District Court on 16th October 2015, Judge Brian Sheridan prosecuted three men who had pleaded guilty to a number of offences following an incident that occurred on the upper River Aherlow near Anglesborough, Co. Limerick on the 20th November 2014.

On that date, Fishery Officers from Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) were undertaking a night time patrol of the river Aherlow during the salmon spawning season. During the investigation, an incident developed which resulted in one Fishery Officer being assaulted and struck with a handle of a shovel. Other Fishery Officers were subjected to threats of violence and abusive language.

Mr Patrick Sheehan Junior, Galbally, Co. Limerick was prosecuted for assaulting, obstructing and refusing to give his name to Fishery Officers. Mr Patrick Sheehan Senior, Ballylanders, Co. Limerick was prosecuted for possession of a lamp on a spawning stream, obstructing and refusing to give his name to Fishery Officers. Mr Richard Childs, Galbally, Co. Limerick was prosecuted for obstructing Fishery Officers.

Judge Brian Sheridan imposed the following penalties: Patrick Sheehan Junior was sentenced to six months imprisonment, suspended for two years on the defendant signing a bond to keep the peace and be of good behaviour for the said period of two years. He was also fined €500 in addition to legal costs of €630. Patrick Sheehan Senior was fined €500 in addition to legal costs of €630. Mr. Richard Childs was fined €250 in addition to legal costs of €630.

“This is not just about the fish”, stated IFI CEO Dr Ciaran Byrne, “it is about protecting over 3000 Irish jobs that rely on our endangered salmon stocks and also ensuring the safety of IFI staff who work to protect and conserve this valuable natural resource for the benefit of rural communities throughout Ireland, including the Aherlow river.”

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has a confidential hotline number to enable members of the general public to report incidents - 1890 34 74 24 or 1890 FISH 24. This phone line is designed to encourage the reporting of incidents of illegal fishing, water pollution and invasive species.

Sunday, 1 November 2015