Thursday, 10 March 2016

A National Disgrace!

All that is wrong with how Ireland’s commercial sea fishing fleet is governed can be summed up in the following article published on An Irish Anglers World website

Read the full article here

The Rachel J Trawler Kinsale

Monday, 25 January 2016

First salmon of 2016 season caught on Lough Currane

The first salmon of the 2016 season was caught last Monday at 10.50am by angling guide Neil O’Shea on Lough Currane in Waterville, Co Kerry. The fresh fish weighed 4.5kg (10lb) and taken while trolling a Rapala lure from “The Bridge” on the eastern side of the lough.

This is the first occasion for Currane to record the first salmon of the New Year in Ireland.
“Conditions were very good although, while our season started the previous day, it was too windy to venture out,” he said. O’Shea also has the distinction of catching the first Currane salmon on opening day in 1986 and 2009.

At time of writing, the Drowes still awaits its first salmon. “The river has, at last, returned to normal levels, and with an influx of anglers at the weekend, we are hopeful for our first fish,” proprietor Shane Gallagher said.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

No to More Slash and Burn!

To: The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD

We ask you to reconsider your proposal to change the Wildlife Act to allow for the burning of vegetation in March and the cutting of hedgerows in August and establish proper hedgerow and upland management regimes that works for farming, road safety and wildlife.

Sign the Petition Here:

(Campaign created by Irish Wildlife Trust, Birdwatch Ireland, An Taisce and Hedge Laying Association of Ireland)

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.