Recommendations of the Pike Policy Review
for the recommendations put forward at
the end of 2003 by
the review group for the future management of pike angling in Ireland*
Policy Review Workshop
The next stage in the Central Fisheries Board Pike
Policy Review will be the workshop. It is proposed that this be
a full day workshop and that it be held in Westport on 12th June.
The Federation will be informing the C.F.B. that we think that the
venue should be in the midlands or eastern part of the country.There
will be a number of speakers several of whom will be from overseas.Attendance
at the workshop will be by invitation and will be confined to some
of the very large number of organisations and individuals who made
submissions. A full agenda will be posted when it becomes available.
Open Forum Update
for summary of issues discussed at open forum
is only a brief update, there will be further updates in due course.
open forum went ahead on Sunday as planned, starting at 2.00pm and
ending at 7.30pm. The meeting began with a presentation by Paul
Burke of the Central Fisheries Board which gave an in depth synopsis
of the current Irish pike product and an overview of the review
process. Paul was duly applauded for the obvious preparation and
effort which went into the presentation.
The meeting then proceeded to tease out the issues that would form
the basis for research to allow the development of a comprehensive
submission. It is important to note that on a number of occasions,
factual figures came from the floor based on answers given in the
pike consultation forms, proving the invaluable source of information
the survey is. Credit has to be given to those who initiated the
consultation process and those who tabulated the results on the
behalf of all stakeholders in Irish pike angling.
It was very evident throughout the meeting, the immense difficulties
that pike angling in Ireland faces, many of these difficulties having
been thrashed about the message boards over the past couple of years,
some not. However,
It was obvious that all attendees including the IFPAC and the IPS
had one goal which was simply to work towards achieving what is
necessary for the future of pike angling, hopefully in partnership.
the identification of the issues requiring research, working groups
were established to develop them further for the submission. More
on this later.
open forum is only the starting point. There is "a lot done
but more to do" and if pike angling in Ireland is to have any
future then the success of this submission is of paramount importance,
otherwise Ireland as a pike destination is facing a bleak future.
It is always difficult to convince anglers to put pen to paper but
this opportunity needs to be grasped with both hands. If you have
any thoughts on your hopes for the future of Irish pike angling
or the success of the submission, wherever you are from, then please
send them in writing before 20th of December to:
Central Fisheries Board
Federation are hosting an open meeting in the Greville Arms Hotel
on Sunday 29th September at 2.00pm to discuss this
review and to begin the process of formulating a submission.
This meeting will be open to anyone interested in pike and their
promotion as a valuable sport fish. The exact format of the meeting
has not been decided yet but will probably be as follows:
1) Identification of all organisations present.
2) Identification of the issues under review.
3) Discussion of each of these individual issues.
4) The establishment of seperate working groups to go away and carry
out further research on their subject matter and prepare a paper
for submission to the next meeting.
details and advertisement of the open forum will be placed in the
National tabloids etc. leading up to the 29th. This page will also
be devoted to providing updates on progress of the policy review.
Information on Review
Central fisheries board in August, announced it intends to carry
out a review of it's policy regarding the management of Irelands
Pike angling resource.
This announcement is welcomed by the Irish Federation of Pike Angling
clubs with the overall process and outcome likely receiving close
attention from other interested parties both in Ireland and overseas.
A satisfactory outcome will require the full commitment of all stakeholders
towards issues, among others, such as conservation, protection and
the environment with the measure of success being the ability of
the new policy to return Irish Pike angling to the quality of which
it was once renowned.
Federation articles which appeared in the August edition of the
"Irish anglers digest" and the September edition of "Angling
Ireland" are reproduced below to describe how the review process
will be carried out:
-To establish a national policy for the management of Ireland's
pike fishery resource.
develop a National Strategy for implementation of the identified
-To establish a plan with appropriate performance indicators to
provide for the delivery of the strategy.
To undertake the review the following will be considered:
-A description of the resource (distribution, biology, status)
-Factors impacting on the resource.
-Cost benefit and value for money including economic, socio-economic
and recreational value.
-Interaction of pike with other fish species.
-Options for the future long-term sustainable management and development
of the resource.
-A working group will be established among the Central & Regional
-A call for written submissions from interested parties and the
public will be made.
-The working group will consult with the National Pike Angling Representatives.
-A workshop will be convened of invited stakeholders and experts
in the area.
-A policy and strategy document will be drafted.
-The draft document will be put before the NFME, OMT and then before
the Central Fisheries Board for adoption.
is proposed that the report when complete and signed off on by the
Central Fisheries Board will be forwarded to the Minister for Communications,
Marine & Natural Resources for his consideration and adoption as
his policy for pike management in Ireland. The report will then
The members of the working group are as follows: 1. Chairman
- Philip Mc Ginnity, Director of Protection & Conservation, Central
Fisheries Board 2. Michael Fitzpatrick - Development Officer,
Northern Regional Fisheries Board 3. Dr. Joe Caffrey - Senior
Rearch Officer, Central Regional Fisheries Board 4. Eamon
Cusack - Chief Executive Officer, Central Fisheries Board 5.
Michael Kennedy - Chief Executive Officer, Western Regional Fisheries