Draft Proposals for 2018

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This update from the SRT board is in relation to the draft proposals by Inland Fisheries to open the River Slaney to salmon fishing on a catch and release basis from the 12th May next year. While we welcome the fact that the river will be open we feel the opening date proposed is illogical and misguided.

To view our objection click here: the draft proposals. 

This objection very simply states why the proposed opening date is unacceptable, given the fiasco that took place last season when legitimate anglers were removed from the banks and were replaced by large numbers of poachers who killed significant numbers of salmon.

Over the past 12 months we have fought hard to represent your views at the highest level. We have had four high level meetings with Ministers Kyne and Kehoe at Leinster House, one of which was attended by IFI’s CEO Dr. Ciaran Byrne. The two items we have been fighting hard for relate firstly, to the opening of the Slaney to salmon fishing in 2018 (opening on March 17th) and, secondly, to end the trapping of salmon and sea trout at the Clohamon tailrace. We continue to address these issues and will be dealing directly with the Ministers and Dr Ciaran Byrne over the coming weeks. We have not given up hope of influencing critical decisions which will be made prior to the end of this year.

In relation to next season and the draft proposals, the Department has again offered a 30 day public consultation period. This gives us an opportunity to submit observations/objections to the proposed regulations. If you would like your voice to be heard, it is essential you object as soon as possible.

Any person may submit observations/objections to the draft regulations at any time during the period of 30 days concluding on 14th December 2017, either to the address below or by e-mail to inland.fisheries@dccae.gov.ie. All submissions received will be published on the Department’s website following the conclusion of the consultation period.

Inland Fisheries Division
Department of Communications,
Climate Action and Environment,
Elm House,
Earlsvale Road,
Cavan Town,
H12 A8H7.

Thank you for your support and communication this year. We can assure you that we share your frustration and dismay in relation to what took place last season and are equally concerned it will continue in 2018. Let’s hope that together we can influence change.


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