23rd March

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.”

He said IFI acknowledged the upcoming protest being staged by pike interests and confirmed that no decision had been taken “regarding the cessation or otherwise of pike management operations in designated trout waters for 2017”.

He confirmed also that IFI has accelerated the review of the policies “and is working to ensure the completion of this exercise in as consultative way as possible that ensures all interested parties have input to policy formulation”.

Meanwhile, IFI says that work continues regarding the examination of:

• The current stock management programme, including resource usage, fish transfer and health and safety

• Marketing and socio-economic information to include actual and potential economic value

• Scientific information to provide advice and to consider the scientific merits of the processes being currently undertaken

IFI timeline for the review process: http://www.fisheriesireland.ie/images/dmdocuments/2016/Indicative%20Timeline%20for%20policy%20reviews.pdf 

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