18th December

2014 regulations and bye-laws for the management of the wild salmon fishery

Eighty-seven rivers will open for angling activity from January 1 of which fifty-seven will be fully open while a further 30 will be open on a ‘catch & release’ basis. A further fifty-six rivers are closed as they have no surplus of fish available for harvest.

Announcing the details of the Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme Regulations for 2014, Fergus O’Dowd, Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources remarked that the cost of fishing licences which was lowered in 2012 would be maintained.

Bundorragha-River, Connemara which opens for angling activity from January 1. Photo Gillian Mills

Bundorragha-River, Connemara which opens for angling activity from January 1. Photo Gillian Mills

“I am anxious that lower costs will encourage sales of annual licences and incentivise angling tourists to avail of the Ireland’s first-class angling product,” he added.

 

Minister O'Dowd received management and scientific advice from the Independent Standing Committee for Salmon (SSCE) on the current status of Irish salmon stocks from Inland Fisheries Ireland and considered submissions received through the public consultation exercise. 2014 regulations

At a glance

3 rivers closed in 2013 will open for ‘catch & release’ Clonee (Kerry Fishery District), Owenagarney (Limerick Fishery District), Skivaleen (Limericky Fishery District)

4 rivers open in 2013 will be ‘catch & release’ Suir (Waterford Fishery District), Owenmore (Kerry Fishery District), Owenwee (Ballyshannon Fishery District), Owenmore (Bangor Fishery District)

6 rivers open for ‘catch & release’ in 2013 will open for harvest Screebe (Connemara Fishery District), Bunowen (Ballinakill Fishery District), Owenwee Belclare (Ballinakill Fishery District), Glyde (Dundalk Fishery District), Argideen ( Cork Fishery District), Sheen (Kerry Fishery District)

1 river open for ‘catch and release’ in 2013 will be closed Owenavorragh (Wexford Fishery District)

Conservation of Salmon and Sea trout (bag limits) Bye-law No. 915, 2013, provides for an annual bag limit of 10 fish being either salmon or sea trout (over 40 cm) per angler and provides for a season bag limit of 3 fish in the period 1 January to 11 May; a daily bag limit of 3 fish from 12 May to 31 August and a daily bag limit of 1 fish from 1 September to the end of the season.

The Bye-law also provides for the use of single barbless hooks and prohibits the use of worms as bait once the specified number of fish have been caught in the specified periods.

Conservation of Salmon and Sea trout (catch and release) Bye-law No. 914, 2013, provides for catch and release in respect of salmon and sea trout (over 40 cm) in rivers that are meeting at least 65% of their Conservation Limit as mentioned in the Bye-law. The Bye-law also provides for the use of single barbless hooks and prohibits the use of worms as bait in angling for salmon and sea trout over 40 cm.

Conservation of Salmon and Sea trout (closed rivers) Bye-law No. C.S. 316, 2013, prohibits the taking or attempting to take by rod and line salmon and sea trout over 40 cm in the rivers specified in the Bye-law.

Angling Byelaw 913, 2013 prohibits the use of any fish hooks, other than single barbless hooks, and also prohibits the use of worms as bait in angling for all species of fish in the waters specified in the Bye-law and revokes Angling Bye-law No. 907, 2013.

Conservation of Sea Trout Bye-law 916, 2013, provides for a daily bag limit of 3 sea trout (less than 40 cm in length) and provides for the use of single barbless hooks and prohibits the use of worms as bait once the specified number of sea trout have been caught.

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