25th September

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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Ireland's angling sector to benefit from 5-year corporate plan

Inland Fisheries Ireland has launched a new corporate plan to protect, conserve. promote and develop Ireland's fisheries resource. Domestic and international growth is the major objective for the sector which is currently worth €836m to the Irish economy, and supports more than 11,000 jobs.

IFI Plan Carton House

IFI Corporate Plan 2016-2020 focusses on protection, conservation, promotion and development

Focussed on protecting and conserving freshwater species in Ireland, the five-year plan outlines the latest technology including spotting scopes, night sights, thermal imaging equipment and mobile phone apps used by fishery officers in their work.

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Latest flooding is a consequence of learning very little from 2009

Pat O'Brien, environmental scientist

OBrien

The recent apocalyptic flooding episodes that inundated large parts of the country during December 2015 and early 2016 were for those affected, a case of déjà vu - mindful of the 2009 floods.

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Waterways Ireland launches five-year heritage plan

Waterways Ireland has launnched a five-year heritage plan that encompasses the cultural, built and natural heritage of the inland waterway corridors.

The plan aims 'to identify and protect the unique waterways heritage and promote its sustainable use for the enjoyment of this and future generations', connecting people and communities with their local waterway and to foster a sense of place.

Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan

Heritage is described as the natural environment as well as industrial (navigations as places of commerce and industry); archaeology, placenames, local and oral history. 

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IFI publishes timetable for pike and trout policies review

Inland Fisheries Ireland has published a timetable to review national pike and trout policies and is appointing a Policy Review Group comprising five IFI staff from the Research, Operations and Business Development divisions.

Announcing the development, chief executive Dr Ciaran Byrne said the review process itself would begin with “a scoping consultation” open to all interested parties, and the first policy documents are expected by July 2017.

IFI Pike

                                                                                                                             Photo: Brendan Connolly

Dr Byrne confirmed that IFI was committed to consulting with stakeholders and the public on matters of inland fisheries policy and expected the scoping consultation “to gather useful information and provide an evidence-base for the update of the pike and trout policies. “An agreed view from angler stakeholder groups would be most welcome and I urge the representative groups to work for such an outcome. I encourage all domestic and tourist anglers, tourism providers and the general public to provide their views on the important issues regarding the management of our important pike and trout species.”

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