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.

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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.

Northern Ireland Angling Conference




Inland Fisheries Ireland confirm fish kill on River Tolka

Thursday, 20th September 2018: Inland Fisheries Ireland received a report of a fish kill on the River Tolka in the Tolka Valley Park area on Tuesday afternoon (18th September, 2018). Inland Fisheries Ireland personnel immediately attended the scene to commence an investigation.

A significant source of polluting material has been identified and samples have been taken for analysis. Dead fish have been recorded over approximately a 5km stretch of river. Inland Fisheries Ireland understands that relevant parties are undertaking appropriate remedial action. The investigation is continuing at this time.

Inland Fisheries Ireland’s Confidential Hotline is available to the public to report illegal fishing, water pollution of invasive species.


Kyne Commits funding for continued removal of Water weed from Lough Corrib

Inland Fisheries Ireland commences new Research Project into the invasive plant

Thursday, 20th September 2018: Sean Kyne TD,  Minister with responsibility for the Inland Fisheries sector today committed  funding of €300,000 for 2019 to ensure Inland Fisheries Ireland’s (IFI) successful operations involving extensive removal of the invasive water weed, Lagarosiphon Major (L.major), at Lough Corrib, Co. Galway, continue.   Minister Kyne also asked Inland Fisheries Ireland and his Department to continue liaison with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), who have responsibility for the legislation covering Alien Invasive Species (AIS), and in particular liaison as regards species impacting on fisheries

Speaking as he visited Inland Fisheries Ireland’s stand at the National Ploughing Championships, Minister Kyne said: “The management of the curly-leaved waterweed took place on Lough Corrib from January – July 2018 with a view to protecting this important angling resource and I am committing significant funding to Inland Fisheries Ireland for 2019 for this initiative. I also welcome the new Inland Fisheries Ireland research project commenced recently which will see scientists survey the distribution of the plant on the Lough.  I want to encourage liaison between Inland Fisheries Ireland and National Parks and Wildlife Service and other bodies on the issue of aquatic AIS so that a multi-agency approach can be brought to bear on the challenges involved” he added.

As part of the battle against L.major, Inland Fisheries Ireland cut and removed the weed across 73.5 hectares (73,500m2) of the Lough over a five month period this year in four sites which contained dense strands. These sites included Barrusheen Bay, Corrib View Bay, Drumsnauv Bay and Farnaught Bay.

In addition, 21.3ha (21, 320m2) of L.major was covered using the light excluding jute treatment method between May and July. The areas targeted included Cornamona Bay, School House Bay, Farnaught, Corrib View Bay, Bob’s Island, The Needles and Ballynalty Bay.  Finally, an area of 250m2 was eradicated using the hand picking method across Farnaught, Cornamona Bay, Corrib View Bay, Bob’s Island and The Needles.


The ongoing weed management operations carried out by Inland Fisheries Ireland has prevented the choking of bays by the weed which has occurred in the past. The management operations of L.major in Lough Corrib are supported annually by Galway Country Council and the Office of Public Works.

In addition to the management operations, Inland Fisheries Ireland commenced a research project last month which aims to establish the current distribution of L.major in Lough Corrib. New innovative methods are being trialled to survey the aquatic plant as part of this research. These include unmanned aerial drones, sub-aquatic remotely operated vehicles (ROV’s) and modern remote sensing techniques.

Physical and environmental factors will also be reviewed at sites on the lake each month to determine the influence of habitat and other factors on the distribution of the plant. The findings of the project will help inform policy on future control operations of the invasive plant in the future.

Dr Ciaran Byrne, CEO of Inland Fisheries Ireland said: “Lough Corrib is the second largest lake in Ireland and is of major conservation importance. It is a nationally important angling resource and as Lagarosiphon major has the potential to compromise the environmental, social and economic value of this unique resource, it is important that the appropriate control measures are put in place. Inland Fisheries Ireland welcomes the Minister’s commitment of funding for this programme.”

“Our staff have delivered a significant management programme for this invasive weed. The efficacy of the control measure implemented will now be evaluated by monitoring the natural recovery of the habitat and post-control assessment will continue. We also look forward to completing the L.majorresearch project next year which will provide useful information to help its control.”

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First Aid for Angler Course (Rathcormac Co. Cork)

ACI have limited spaces on a First Aid for Angler Course. This Course will take place on Saturday the 22nd of September in Scoil Bhride (Old Building on main street) from 9.30 A.m to 5 P.m. The cost of this course is €25 per person. If you wish to attend please contact me @ ASAP.

Irish Federation Of Sea Anglers (IFSA) Junior Camp at Cappaclough Beach Co.Kerry

Cappaclough Beach, Camp. Co. Kerry

This is one of the favourite beaches in Kerry due to its variety of species.

Over the summer two events have been held there to accommodate our juniors.

In July the Jimmy Smith- All Ireland championships were held on this interesting venue, this is a much anticipated competition and always a great turnout. The Maurice Dalton cup is the prize for the juniors and this year our u16s World Championship team competed for the cup in the competition.

As all the team were all attending the competition, the managers decided to arranged a team building weekend for the lads. There was great excitement as they gathered on Friday night before the competition and as always it always a pleasure to listen to the like-minded young anglers talk and make plans for the weekends fishing.

The completion was a great success with Finn Healy winning the cup, each of the young competitors did well and they all appeared to have enjoyed it.  After the prize giving took place, they were all eager to get out and they ventured off to Dingle for the night of pleasure fishing. There was a great buzz that night when they arrived back to base with chat about who caught what.

I had the pleasure of hosting the team and all I can say is what a great bunch of polite young men, with such a passion for what they are doing. A great weekend was had by all.


At the end of August Cappaclough was the venue again for a Munster qualifier, the U 16s and U 21s get together for a 4 hour competition. This was the 2nd leg of three competitions held to determine the Munster teams for the Inter Provincials which take place early next year.  They travelled from all over Munster for an early start, once again showing their determination and dedication to their sport. A total of 12 anglers took part and once again another successful event was run, with a good number of flounders and bass caught.

2018 Sports Capital Programme (Closing Date Friday the 19th October 2018)

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, and the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin TD, are pleased to announce that the 2018 Sports Capital Programme is now open for applications.

Applications are being sought from sports clubs, voluntary and community groups, national governing bodies of sport and local authorities. Third level colleges, Education and Training Boards and schools may only apply for funding jointly with sports clubs.

The Department has committed to, where possible, allowing those who submitted invalid applications in 2017 to submit corrected documents allowing those applications to be considered for funding under the 2018 Programme. If your organisation submitted an invalid application in 2017, you will be contacted separately in this regard.


New research indicates pike in Irish waters have changed their diet



New research indicates pike in Irish waters have changed their diet
Wednesday, 29th of August 2018: Pike in Irish waters may have changed their diet preferences according to a new report launched today by Inland Fisheries Ireland. The report, entitled ‘Pike (Esox Lucius) in Ireland. Developing knowledge and tools to support policy and management’ looks at new research carried out on Lough Conn, County Mayo and Lough Derravaragh, County Westmeath in 2016 and provides an insight into the dietary habits of pike.

Previous dietary research carried out in the 1960s and 1970s in Lough Derravaragh and Lough Sheelin (located across Westmeath, Meath and Cavan) indicated that pike preferred to eat brown trout and perch. However, this latest research reveals that pike appear to have changed their prey preference and now predominately eat roach. Researchers in Scotland and England have also found similar changes in pike diet occurring in Loch Lomond (Scotland) and Lake Windermere (England). It is thought the changes in diet are due to the invasion of roach in these waters.

The research examines whether pike and brown trout can co-exist in the same habitat. Using statistical models, it found that pike and brown trout could live together within relatively large deep lakes with strong stream connectivity however in small, low-complex systems pike introductions could potentially have a devastating impact on resident brown trout populations.

The practice of pike removal and the impact it has on brown trout stocks is also examined. The findings suggest that pike removal may only be effective in protecting brown trout populations in systems where trout are the only available prey but may have little effect in systems where other prey, such as roach, is available.

CEO of Inland Fisheries Ireland, Dr Ciaran Byrne, said: “This research was initiated to answer some on-going questions relating to the dietary preference of pike and the pike-brown trout interactions in lakes across Ireland. Previous studies in this area were carried out more than 50 years ago which is a long time within our changing lake systems.

“This research is important as it gives an insight into the behaviour of the pike species and provides updated information around their relationship with brown trout. The changing food web and altered preferences of predators in the water systems highlights the need for continued monitoring and updated data to inform effective management strategies.

“This research will now be considered alongside the many historic, socio economic and management factors which all inform fisheries management and development work. Inland Fisheries Ireland uses the best available scientific information to underpin management decision making and advice.”

To view a full copy of the report click: pdf Pike (Esox lucius) in Ireland: Developing Knowledge and Tools to Support Policy and Management (4.61 MB)

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