17th July

Major investment to safeguard Ireland's inland fisheries resource

Inland Fisheries Ireland’s Fisheries Protection 2016 Review highlights the results of protection work undertaken on the country’s freshwater fisheries resource which contributes €836m annually to the economy.

IFI angling

Fisheries Inspector Lorraine O’Donnell, Dr Ciaran Byrne, chief executive IFI; Minister Sean Kyne and Fisheries Inspector Michael Hennessy

Launching the Review, Sean Kyne, Minister for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources, commended IFI personnel for their dedicated efforts in protecting Ireland's "invaluable" inland fisheries resource.

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Seventy-three Irish rivers open for salmon angling in 2017

Regulations and by-laws to govern wild salmon and sea trout fisheries in 2017 came into effect on January 1. Inland Fisheries Ireland will also carry out a full review of the 'catch and release' element of fisheries management policy ahead of the 2018 season.

Drowse Fishery

Fly fishing for spring salmon, grilse, gillaroo trout on the River Drowse and Lough Melvin

"In all, 73 rivers will be open for angling activity in 2017, and this will provide opportunities for all to share  this important natural resource on a sustainable basis," remarked Sean Kyne, Ministeer of State at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

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Waterways Ireland 2017 Event Programme

Waterways Ireland has opened a call for 'sustainable events and activities' in 2017, in waterways and waterside communities.

Waterways Ireland 2017 grant aid

For the past eleven years, the organisation has supported communities nationwide with activities including angling; canoeing; rowing; sailing and power sports; arts; history; drama; new skills.

Read more: Waterways Ireland 2017 Event Programme

Fracking for shale gas poses a serious threat to the water environment

Sinead O'Brien Network Coordinator at Sustainable Water Network (SWAN)

With a climate change denier and ardent supporter of the fossil fuel industry elected as US President, the environmental threats posed by exploitation of oil and gas have come into sharp focus.SWAN wetlands

Fracking for shale gas poses a serious threat to the water environment

Potentially viable reserves of shale gas in Ireland, for which exploration licences have been granted, mean that these threats are not only related to global climate change. Shale gas extraction poses a significant potential risk to the local environment, especially in the licensed areas of Leitrim, Sligo, Cavan and Clare.

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Access to angling facilities secures State funding

Inland Fisheries Ireland has launched a €500,000 Capital Works Fund to support projects that will improve access to angling and deliver 'an accessible and sustainable world-class inland fishery resource'. 

IFI angling fund

Annamoe Co Wicklow: Funding support for projects that improve access to angling           Photo Gillian Mills 

Grants will be available to groups and individuals (local development associations; tidy towns; angling clubs etc) for projects such as: clearing and fencing along rivers/lakes; abled and disabled friendly angling stands; new and improved car parks; walkways; stands, styles, footbridges; boat slips and angling boats.

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Tellus surveys north of Ireland collated in new publication

TELLUS COVER

Unearthed: Impacts of the Tellus surveys of the north of Ireland showcases outputs from 'the most significant geoscience project ever conducted across the island of Ireland'. 

Published by the Royal Irish Academy and produced in partnership with the Geological Survey of Ireland; the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland and the British Geological Survey, the book presents findings from the first two stages of Tellus: Tellus Border and the Tellus survey of Northern Ireland - the largest collaborative cross-border programme of geoscience surveys on the island of Ireland to date.

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