The photographs on this page depict the reality
of what happens to any wildlife i.e. birds or fish that come into
contact with "Gillnets" in the name of "Stock Management".
Those that do not perish while struggling in the nets are almost
certain to suffer as a consequence of being pulled or cut free
by fishery board staff. The Irish Federation of Pike Angling Clubs
condemns this barbaric practice.
We also in turn commend the Shannon Regional Fisheries
Board for its welcome decision in March 2004 to cease using gillnets.
We would ask that the two remaining Fisheries Boards that still
use gillnets, namely the Western Regional
Fisheries Board and the North
Western Regional Fisheries Board now end their use
of gillnets and the associated annual slaughter. It must also
be noted that there is a growing awareness that the practice of
gillnetting raises serious concern regarding issues of safety,
health and welfare and the possible risks to water users and anglers
from the largely unsupervised use of nets. Click
here for the gillnet fact sheet.
-----------------------This practice must stop!!!-----------------------