Fisheries staff recognised for road safety and fleet management

The ACI would like to Congratulate Inland Fisheries Ireland on the recent Safety and Fleet Management Awards. It is fantastic to be recognised for all of your good work.

Fisheries staff recognised for road safety and fleet management


Inland Fisheries Ireland is a ‘Leading Light’ on road safety in public sector


Thursday, 13th December 2018: Staff from Inland Fisheries Ireland have been recognised for two separate road safety and fleet awards in the past week. The Road Safety Authority of Ireland (RSA) has recognised Inland Fisheries Ireland’s Logistics Manager, Michael Burke, with a ‘Leading Light Award’ for road safety in the public sector while the Freight Transport Association of Ireland has awarded Inland Fisheries Ireland with a ‘Van Safe’ Award.

The awards follow a significant review of the organisation’s fleet and transport requirements across the country over the past year. Inland Fisheries Ireland has over 300 staff with many using vehicles to allow them to carry out their protection, environmental and research duties, often in rural and peripheral locations.  Ireland has 5,600km of coastline, 70,000 kilometres or rivers and streams and 144,000 hectares of lakes and ponds, all of which fall under Inland Fisheries Ireland’s remit. The organisation’s fleet consists of 200 vehicles including cars, car-vans, SUVs, panelled vans, 4 x 4 jeeps and trucks in addition to on-water vehicles.

Michael Burke, Logistics Manager, Dr Ciaran Byrne, CEO and Pat Doherty, Head of Finance and Logistics
at Inland Fisheries Ireland

The Road Safety Authority of Ireland yesterday presented Logistics Manager, Michael Burke with a ‘Leading Light in Road Safety’ Award. The RSA received over 100 nominations for the ‘Leading Light in Road Safety’ Award from all over Ireland for individuals, schools, businesses, community groups, colleges and organisations who have worked tirelessly in 2018 to promote road safety and save lives. Michael Burke, who manages the organisation’s fleet, was recognised in the Public Sector Category.  The organisation also received a ‘Van Safe’ Award from Freight Transport Association which distinguishes those operating a van fleet at the highest level of industry best practice, compliance and safety.

Over the past year, Inland Fisheries Ireland has made a number of improvements in how it manages its fleet from a safety and efficiency perspective. The organisation has introduced a Driver Manual for staff, rolled out driver safety training, implemented a Fleet Management System, retired vehicles from operational use which were not fit for purpose and is currently providing new vehicles which are energy efficient.

Michael Burke, Logistics Manager at Inland Fisheries Ireland who received the ‘Leading Light Award’
for road safety in the public sector.

As a result of recent improvements, Inland Fisheries Ireland is seeking to achieve a 24 per cent reduction in the Co2 emissions from its fleet, contributing towards its target of reducing emissions by 33 per cent by 2020. The organisation plans to introduce four new energy efficient electric vehicles in 2019 on a pilot basis with a view to continuing the progress made in decreasing its carbon footprint. It will also look to further manage vehicle utilisation to ensure the fleet is being used in the most efficient and appropriate manner and that driver safety remains a priority.

Dr Ciaran Byrne, CEO of Inland Fisheries Ireland said: “Our staff work day and night in the field protecting and managing our fisheries resource. Driving is naturally a key component which allows them to reach the river or shore, wherever they need to be for a patrol, a covert operation, an environmental inspection or research activities.  It is vital that we support them and ensure the right measures are in place to allow them travel in a safe manner.

“Our staff have engaged on safety training, adapted to our new fleet management system and are working with us in ensuring our fleet us up to a professional standard. I would like to congratulate our Logistics Manager Michael Burke and the team who have managed this process and also recognise the efforts of our staff nationwide who are utilising the fleet in the most efficient manner, which allows them to carry out their duties as custodians of the fisheries resource.”

Michael Burke, Logistics Manager at Inland Fisheries Ireland said: “We want our staff to come into work safely, to drive around safely, and then go home safely. That is our priority. As an environmental agency, we also want to operate in a manner which is energy efficient and we are keen to reduce our carbon emissions as soon as possible.

“With the recent improvements made in our fleet and ongoing compliance of our staff, we hope to improve our performance in this regard over the next 12 months. These awards recognise the work which has been done by the organisation to date and I also hope they also act as a catalyst to ensure continued success on both the safety and efficiency front.”

For more information about Inland Fisheries Ireland, visit .


Canney welcomes completion of improvement works at popular angling destination in County Mayo

Canney welcomes completion of improvement works at popular angling destination in County Mayo
Ballinrobe and District Angling Club secured significant funding from Inland Fisheries Ireland to support the project

Monday, 10th December 2018: 
Ballinrobe and District Angling Club has successfully completed a project which will greatly improve access to a popular angling destination at Cushlough Bay, County Mayo. The project was funded by Inland Fisheries Ireland via the National Strategy for Angling Development (NSAD) Fund. The location at Cushlough Bay, off Lough Mask near Ballinrobe is used by domestic and visiting international anglers alike.
The project saw improvement works completed on the angling club’s carpark to make it safe and accessible for anglers. This included resurfacing and realigning of the carpark, as well as the provision of security fencing around the perimeter.  The club was awarded €21,263 from Inland Fisheries Ireland to carry out the works which are now complete. The funding was granted in June, after the club completed all their corporate governance requirements, with the project at completion stage just a few weeks later.
Inland Fisheries Ireland granted support under its National Strategy for Angling Development which aims to ensure that Ireland’s fish stocks and angling infrastructure are protected and enhanced for the economic value and recreational benefit which they offer to communities across Ireland. The fisheries resource is worth €836 million to the Irish economy annually and supports upwards of 11,000 jobs, often in rural and peripheral communities.
In addition to the funding provided by National Strategy for Angling Development, Ballinrobe & District Trout Anglers Association and the World Cup Trout Fly Championship Committee provided €6,641 to upgrade the slipway as an extra part of the project.

Ballinrobe and District Angling Club’s Car Park after improvement works were carried out with funding from the
National Strategy for Angling Development

The upgraded slipway at Cushlough Bay delivered by Ballinrobe and District Angling Club and the World Cup Trout Fly Championship Committee

Sean Canney TD, Minister with responsibility for the Inland Fisheries sector said: “Investment in angling access and infrastructure is a key component of the current round of NSAD funding and the Ballinrobe Club has demonstrated that, working in partnership with Inland Fisheries Ireland and underpinned by significant grant aid, valuable community driven projects will be delivered.  The project will be of major benefit to local, visiting and international anglers and will define Cushlough Bay as a top class venue for social and competitive angling and can assist in attracting international events.”
Suzanne Campion, Head of Business Development at Inland Fisheries Ireland said: “Accessibility and safety is a priority if our inland fisheries are to be enjoyed by everyone. I am delighted that this project is complete in Ballinrobe at an important angling location which has both recreational and socio economic benefit to the local community.  It is a reflection on the commitment of the club to the future of angling in the area and we would like to commend them on their work in delivering this improved amenity to their community.
The significant funding available to date for the National Strategy for Angling Development has been exclusively capital funding and this has appropriately delivered important capital infrastructural and access projects, including the current project, under the investment initiative.  Inland Fisheries Ireland is committed to working closely with Minister Canney and his Department in seeking to secure additional funding to support essential habitat enhancement and in-river works for the benefit of the inland fisheries resource as NSAD continues to be rolled out.”
Kevin Egan, Chairperson of Ballinrobe and District Anglers said: “This is an outstanding project which we are delighted to complete. The funding from the National Strategy for Angling Development allowed us to upgrade the parking facility which will be of benefit for local anglers and tourist anglers.”
For more information about Inland Fisheries Ireland, visit .

Angling Council Ireland @ Irish Water Safety Awards 2018 (Dublin Castle)

The Angling Council Ireland were very proud to accept an Irish Water Safety Award in Dublin Castle last Wednesday the 28th of November. We would like to thank Irish Water Safety for the Award and for recognising the ACI as a water safety advocate.

Robert Seward ACI/SSTRAI, Sean Canney TD Minister of State for Natural Resources, Community Affairs and Digital Development, Martin McEnroe President Angling Council Ireland.

Sean Canney TD Minister of State for Natural Resources, Community Affairs and Digital Development, Martin McEnroe President Angling Council Ireland.

IFSA Ladies Compete in World Shore Championships (Wales) 2018 Day 2

IFSA Ladies World Shore Championships Day 2 Results.

Team Ireland Currently in Second Place.

2nd Day Nations Classification


2nd Day Individual Classification Results


2nd Day Individual Classification Results

2nd Day Individual Classification Results

Individual Culminated Classification


IFSA Ladies Compete in World Shore Championships (Wales) 2018

IFSA Irish Federation of Sea Anglers Ladies World Shore Championships Conwy County Borough, Wales

20/10/2018 – 27/10/2018

The Angling Council of Ireland would like to wish the IFSA Ladies World Shore Team all the best in the Competition. More to follow….

IFSA Ladies World Shore Team 2018

World Shore Championships 2018 Opening Ceremony

Ist Day of Competition Nations Classification Ireland in 3rd Place

!st Competition Day Individual Classification


1st Day Individual Classification Results

1st Day Individual Classification Results

Inland Fisheries Ireland issues reminder to anglers on water safety guidelines

Inland Fisheries Ireland issues reminder to anglers on water safety guidelines

Wednesday, 17th October 2018Inland Fisheries Ireland is reminding anglers to follow safety guidelines when fishing. Three anglers have died in Ireland so far this year as a result of drowning, according to the latest figures from Irish Water Safety.

Last year, a total of 109 people drowned in Irish waters. This equates to nine deaths every month with many drownings happening quickly, silently and in shallow water. Of the 109 drownings last year, 84 were male and 24 were female.

As angling is a water based activity, anglers often have to deal with changing conditions and hidden dangers. Inland Fisheries Ireland is reminding anglers to exercise great care for their own safety and that of angling partners. Anglers are asked to follow some simple safety tips when going fishing:

– Wear a life jacket

– Follow advice on warning signs, permitsand notices

– Don’t take any risks when wading or fishing from boat, shore or bank

– Check the weather forecast and tide tables before you go

– Take time to observe weather, water and tide conditions while fishing

– Fish with a partner/buddy or let someone know where you’re going

– Take a fully charged mobile phone in a waterproof case/bag

– Wear appropriate clothing and footwear

Suzanne Campion, Head of Business Development at Inland Fisheries Ireland said: “There are 273,000 domestic anglers in Ireland who enjoy fishing at the many scenic destinations across the country. Many anglers have been fishing for many years and may feel experienced on being near or on the water however we would appeal to anglers to follow these simple safety steps at all times. Although game angling has finished for 2018, angling for other species continues in many isolated peripheral and rural areas and with winter approaching, it is important to stay safe.

Our angling website ( and information booklet Safety on the Water – Angling Water Safety Guidelinesdetails guidelines around safety on lakes and at sea alongside important information regarding tides and currents, what to wear and the type of boat you should use. We would ask anglers to take some time to familiarise themselves with this safety information and to remember their safety is a priority when angling.”

Inland Fisheries Ireland has a detailed guide to safety at You can also download a free copy of the information leaflet Safety on the Water – Angling Safety Checklist  and more detailed publication Safety on the Water – Angling Safety Guidelines.

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Irish Federation of Sea Anglers U16 & U21 World Championships Portugal

It was a very successful world U16 and U21 championships in Portugal for the Irish Federation of Sea Anglers. Both teams put in huge effort and fished their socks off on the practice days and during the four competition days. There must be huge credit given to all of the team members for their dedication and talent, their coaches for their unwavering support, time and expert coaching. You all are a credit to your country and federation. We are proud of you all. The U16 team finished in 2nd place are World Silver Medalists. More to follow.

No salmon licence results in large fine and driving disqualification

No salmon licence results in large fine and driving disqualification

Failure to produce licence or give name punished in court

Monday, 1st October 2018: On Tuesday 25th September 2018, Conor Harlowe with an address at 12 Shantalla Place, Rahoon Road, Galway was convicted at Tuam District Court for refusing to give his name and address contrary to Section 301 (7) of the Fisheries (Consolidation) Act 1959 and failing to produce a licence on demand contrary to Section 303 (2) of the same Act.

Mr Harlowe did not appear in court and was convicted in his absence. The court heard that he was approached by Fisheries Officer Paul Reynolds on the evening of 24th July, 2017 as he was leaving the Clare River at Cahernahoon, County Galway. Officer Reynolds outlined to the court that Mr Harlowe failed to produce a valid salmon licence when requested, and subsequently refused to provide his name and address. Mr Harlowe then left the area in his vehicle, and was subsequently stopped by Gardaí near Galway city.

Judge James Faughnan commented on how serious a matter it was to refuse to give name and address to Fisheries Officers when it was lawfully demanded. Judge Faughnan convicted Mr Harlowe on both counts, and imposed a fine of €1,000 for refusing to give his name and address, along with a fine of €750 for failing to produce a salmon licence on demand.

He further noted that Mr Harlowe had used a vehicle in the commission of an offence and subsequently disqualified him from driving for a period of one year under Section 27 of the Road Traffic Act 1961. Costs of €600 were also awarded.

Dr Ciaran Byrne, CEO of Inland Fisheries Ireland said: “Salmon and sea trout angling in Ireland are worth €210 million to the Irish economy and support 3,200 jobs, often in rural communities. The Clare River is the main tributary of Lough Corrib and is one of the most important salmon fishing rivers in the west of Ireland.

There are a number of angling clubs and hundreds of local members, providing fishing from upstream of Milltown right down to Lough Corrib. The main channel Clare River provides salmon fishing from March to September, and attracts many visitors and tourists especially in the summer months. This conviction reflects the importance of conserving Ireland’s precious fisheries resource and of the value of angling to the Irish economy.”

Members of the public can report instances of illegal fishing, water pollution of invasive species by calling Inland Fisheries Ireland’s confidential hotline number on 1890 34 74 24 or 1890 FISH 24.

For more information on Inland Fisheries Ireland, visit .


Inland Fisheries Ireland welcomes new crayfish legislation

Anglers reminded to maintain vigilance against crayfish plague


Tuesday, 2nd October 2018: Inland Fisheries Ireland is welcoming new legislation which will strengthen existing measures to protect the native white-clawed crayfish. The regulations will provide authorities in Ireland with the powers to prevent the arrival and spread of the five non-native species of crayfish included on the EU list of invasive alien species of Union concern.


The White-clawed Crayfish is considered a globally threatened species and Ireland holds one of the largest surviving populations. The freshwater species is found in many rivers and lakes in Ireland and is protected under both Irish law and the EU Habitats Directive. Throughout Europe, the species has been decimated by the impact of a disease called Crayfish Plague.

A native white-clawed crayfish. Photo by D.Gerke.

Many North American crayfish species are resistant to Crayfish Plague and can act as carriers of the disease which is rapidly fatal when passed to the White-clawed Crayfish. While there is no evidence that North American or other non-native crayfish have been introduced to Ireland, the crayfish plague has now reached five rivers in Ireland possibly by spores carried on fishing equipment.


The prospect of the disease being controlled depends on the absence of non-native crayfish. The European Union (Invasive Alien Species) (Freshwater Crayfish) Regulations 2018 targets the introduction of several species of non-native crayfish which have been included on the EU list of invasive alien species of Union concern (‘the Union list’).

Dr Ciaran, Byrne, CEO of Inland Fisheries Ireland said: “We welcome this new legislation which is needed if we are to resist the threat from introduced crayfish. If invasive alien crayfish were to be introduced in Ireland, this could have a devastating effect on the ecology of many of the lakes and rivers.


We would urge the public to comply with the new regulations and help protect our native crayfish species.  In particular, we would remind anglers to maintain vigilance in relation to the crayfish plague by carrying out routine cleaning and drying of equipment once leaving a river and before using it again.”


The public is also asked to alert the authorities of any mass mortalities of crayfish or sightings of unusual crayfish (e.g. red claws, large size) by contacting the National Parks and Wildlife Service (, the National Biodiversity Data Centre ( or Inland Fisheries Ireland (



Press Release 27/09/2018 Irish Federation of Sea Anglers



Irish Federation Sea Anglers World Shore Championships 2018


On Saturday next, September 29th, the Irish Federation of Sea Anglers under 16 and under 21 teams will travel with their coaches from Dublin Airport to Manta Rota, Vila Real de Santo Antonio in Portugal to compete in the 27th World Shore Championships under 21 and the 18th World Shore Championships under 16. The competition runs from the 6th to the 13th of October 2018.


The under 16 team are Eoin Foley, Finn Healy, Ben Barron, Finnian McCarthy, Darragh Byrne and Evan Ryan. The under 21 team are Ryan Blair, Sean Carley, David Farrelly, Connor O’Leary, Killian Farrelly and Jake Melly. The Managers travelling with them are Jim Snoddy, Joe Byrne, Brian Cooke, and Darren Ryan.

The Qualification process for these teams started last year when anglers competed at club level in Provincial Championships. The top five from each Province then competed at National level and the top six overall were selected.


Last year our under 21 team were presented with the silver medals while our under 16 team narrowly missed out on bronze. We also had an individual under 16 medal with David Farrelly. A lot of preparation has gone into this year’s team and it is hoped that they will come back with more medals to Ireland. The total cost for this year has reached in excess of €22,000 and it was all self-funded.


The competition will take place over 7 days in Praia de Manta Rota. Their accommodation will be in the Praia da Lota resort. The species they will be fishing for are Mullet, Sole, Garfish, Bream, Common Bass, Goldline, Weaver, Turbot and Mackerel etc. The bait supplied to each angler per session will be 4 Worm Slime, 2 Korean and 4 Sardines. It will be a catch and release system used throughout with points awarded. There will be 24 teams competing, 12 in each age category. Ireland has been awarded host nation status of this prestigious event for 2020.



John Martin,

National Secretary,

Irish Federation of Sea Anglers.


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Notes for the Editor:

The IFSA, a voluntary body and member of the Angling Council of Ireland is the NGB for sea angling recognised by Sport Ireland and Sport NI.The Federation founded in 1953, provides support for affiliated clubs and members, runs national competitions and presents International teams for Boat & Shore, Senior, Ladies and juniors on the world stage. We are an inclusive organisation and embrace the ACI and Sport Ireland requirements for Anti-doping, Garda Vetting, Children First, Safeguarding 1, 2 and 3 training for our members. Through the ACI we deliver training on conservation, angling coaching courses, coaching people with disabilities, H&S, Safe Wading & River Rescue and a range of First Aid courses. This has helped our organisation to develop along an angling development pathway in line with other sporting NGB’s.