Sean Kyne, Minister of State with responsibility for Inland Fisheries, introduced the ‘Conservation of Trout (No.8 or Limerick District) Bye-Law no.949 of 2017’ into operation on the 14th of June 2017.
The new bye-law outlines a number of regulations around trout angling in the area.
The main regulations include It providing an annual closed fishing season in certain waters, a daily bag limit of brown trout, a minimum size of trout to be taken in the specified waters and maximum number of rods to be used at any one time.
The waters included in the new bye-law are the River Shannon, Lough Sheelin, Lough Derravaragh, Lough Owel, Lough Ennell, Lough Ree and Lough Derg which are all located in the Limerick District.
As we know Brown trout is one of Ireland’s indigenous fish species and is highly regarded as an angling species by most domestic and tourist anglers. This makes it one of Ireland’s most valuable angling species, such is its impact to the economy.
Ireland can support large trout numbers due to Ireland’s temperate climate and the shallow productive nature of its lakes. Ireland is the only country in Western Europe which can do so, which provides unique angling opportunities for fly fishermen.
Recent research was commissioned by the Inland Fisheries Ireland and results indicated that expenditure by brown trout anglers contributes in the region of €148 million to the Irish economy every single year.
Amanda Mooney, Director of the Shannon River Basin District, Inland Fisheries Ireland spoke on the new bye-law, highlighting the valuable nature of the species.
She said, “Trout is a valuable angling species which needs to be managed in a conservation focused manner. The new measures will help improve brown trout stocks and ensure they continue to provide quality angling for local and tourist anglers alike into the future.”
Anglers are requested to familiarise themselves the details of the new bye-law which can be found on www.fisheriesireland.ie .
Inland Fisheries Ireland has a confidential hotline number to enable members of the general public to report incidents - 1890 34 74 24 or 1890 FISH 24. This phone line is designed to encourage the reporting of incidents of illegal fishing, water pollution and invasive species.