Canney emphasises Conservation Imperative in the face of Environmental and Human Impacts
Seán Canney TD, Minister with responsibility for the Inland Fisheries sector has approved legislation that will govern the wild salmon and sea trout fisheries in 2020. These will come into effect from Wednesday 1 January 2020.
Minister Canney said, "We are opening 82 rivers for salmon / sea trout fishing in 2020. This will allow everyone to share in this important natural resource, for which conservation will be to the fore. Forty one of the rivers will be fully open with a further 41 available on a 'catch and release' basis".
To inform the legislation for 2020, Minister Canney received management advice from Inland Fisheries Ireland in relation to over 140 genetically individual wild salmon stocks in Ireland, which in turn was considered in the light of individual scientific assessments. The assessments were carried out by the Technical Expert Group on Salmon (TEGOS) an all-island independent scientific group comprising experts from a range of bodies.
This advice was also made available as part of a statutory public consultation process during which 27 written submissions from stakeholders were received.
Management advice based on the TEGOS assessment of rivers/estuaries/harbours is that:-
- 41 rivers to be open as a surplus of fish has been identified in these rivers;
- 41 rivers to be classified as open for "catch and release" angling; and
- 65 rivers to be closed as they have no surplus of fish available for harvest.
Minister Canney said, "Ireland is internationally recognised for elevating the conservation imperative to the pinnacle of our salmon management principles and, as the International Year of the Salmon draws to a close, I am proud to have led Ireland's participation to this global initiative". "Environmental change and human impacts continue to place salmon and other species at risk. I am determined that the innovations of International Year of the Salmon which brought people together to share knowledge and raise awareness will endure. This is key to ensuring the resilience of salmon in Ireland and in the entire Northern Hemisphere" he added.
Note for editors
- Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme (Amendment) Regulations S.I. No. 669 of 2019
These regulations provide for, the quotas of fish that can be harvested by commercial fishing engines and rod and line from those rivers identified in Schedule 2. The Regulations also provide for the use of brown tags in specified (low surplus) rivers which are identified in Schedule 4.
- Angling Byelaw No. 973, 2019
This Bye-law prohibits the use of any fish hooks, other than single or double 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. This is to avoid the use of hooks and baits which are not conducive to fish survival and to ensure that the objective of C&R fishing is not frustrated.
- Conservation of Salmon and Sea trout (Bag Limits) Bye-law No. 974, 2019
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 or double barbless hooks and prohibits the use of worms as bait once the specified numbers of fish have been caught in the specified periods.
- Conservation of Salmon and Sea trout (Catch and Release) Bye-law No. 975, 2019
Provides for catch and release in respect of salmon and sea trout (over 40 cm) in rivers that are meeting at least 50% of their Conservation Limit as mentioned in the Bye-law. The Bye-law also provides for the use of single or double 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 (River Suir) Bye-law No. 977, 2019
This Bye-Law provides for catch and release in angling for salmon (any size) and sea trout (over 40cm) in the River Suir (including the waters of the Rivers Clodiagh, Lingaun and Blackwater) and also prohibits the use of worms, prawn, shrimp or any other crustacean, or artificial forms thereof, as bait and any fish hooks other than single or double barbless hooks during the period 17 March to 30 Sept, 2018.
- Conservation of Sea Trout Bye-law No. 978, 2019
This Bye-law provides for a daily bag limit of 3 sea trout (less than 40 cm in length) and provides for the use of single or double barbless hooks and prohibits the use of worms as bait once the specified number of sea trout have been caught.
- Conservation of Salmon and Sea Trout (River Slaney) Bye-law No. 976, 2019.
This Bye-Law provides for catch and release in angling for salmon (any size) and sea trout (over 40cm) in the River Slaney and also prohibits the use of worms, prawn, shrimp or any other crustacean, or artificial forms thereof, as bait and any fish hooks other than single or double barbless hooks.
- Conservation of Salmon and Sea Trout (Closed Rivers) Bye-law No. C.S. 330, 2019
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.