It was agreed at the meeting of IFPAC, the NCFFI and the Coarse
Angling Action Group on the 10th of April to carry out a campaign
to seek the introduction of bye laws that protect all coarse fish
including pike. Consequently, a letter was sent to each TD and Senator
on 18th of April last, to ask for support.
In short we presented our reasoning for a request for ‘catch &
release’ bye laws to be introduced. Replies received to date from
the Minister of State, Mr. John Browne TD, indicate that bag limits
are currently being proposed by the Fisheries Management Executive
of the Regional Boards.
While we respect the time and effort taken to propose new laws
and recognise the immediate if not sooner need, there are serious
concerns that bag limits at this time will fail to create the necessary
mind shift that will see angling going forward in a positive way
in a number of areas. These areas can be categorised within the
four headings in the letter.
As anglers, you are asked for your help. Please read
the letter and if you agree with the reasoning, please also
make contact with your local TD and/or Senator now and ask that
this issue and that of enforcement and penalties/fines for the good
of Irish angling and all anglers in Ireland is pursued successfully.
Edit the letter and add your own name and address.
Anglers who visit Ireland from other countries to fish who also
read this message are asked to contemplate making contact with a
TD within the area you visit most while holidaying here and to support
us. Contact details for TD’s can be found here.
The following questions were raised in Dail Eireann (the Irish
parliament) in response to pressure from individual anglers, clubs
and representative bodies. Keep angling issues in the minds of our
public representatives - contact them regularly.
Eireann Parlimentary Question - 28 March 2006
Eireann Parlimentary Question - 6 April 2006
Eireann Parlimentary Question - 27 April 2006