24th March

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.

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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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Waterways Ireland wins prestigious award

Waterways Ireland was awarded 'The Guardian Award' at the 2016 World Canals Conference, for its Traditional Heritage Boat Survey (Ireland) of the Royal Canal, Grand Canal, Barrow Line Canal and Barrow Navigation.

The survey is the first-ever systematic audit of traditional heritage boats on Ireland’s inland waterways. A team of boat experts, maritime archaeologists, academics and artists captured the historic vessels on the waterways – from iron canal boats and World War II amphibious vehicles – to fine wooden sculling boats.WI Award at WCC

Nicky Marr, awards host; David Mitchell, Director of Conservation at Historic Environmental Scotland and Cormac McCarthy, Waterways Ireland Environment Officer

Undertaken under the Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan, the project was led by Environment Officer, Cormac McCarthy.

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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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