There are currently over 270,00 domestic anglers in the country, with over 160,000 angling visitors from across the waters each year.
Angling in Ireland has 11,000 plus people in employment, and supplies approx. €836 million to the Irish economy each year.
Coinciding with the launch of the new Catch, Photo Release campaign launched yesterday, was the hashtag #CPRsavesfish.
This hashtag has been dotted along bridges and high locations across the country to alert the need of fish conservation.
It has been power washed with water onto areas using stencils, to ensure it is environmentally friendly.
CPR, as mentioned above, stands for Catch Photo and Release, and means the safe releasing of fish back into water after being caught.
This technique of angling is proven to help maintain fish stock numbers, and also ensure that fish numbers increase for the years to come.
This will ensure we can still enjoy the recreational and economic benefits for years to come.
The campaign is supported by Inland fisheries Ireland, and hopes to ensure the release of all fish types including Pike, salmon and trout as well as sea fish.
Research carried out by Inland Fisheries Ireland back in 2014 examined the survival of salmon after being caught and released back. The study showed that over 92% of all salmon caught, tagged and released were found to have survived.
The campaign was welcomed by the Head of Business Development at Inland Fisheries, Suzanne Campion.
She said the aim of this campaign is to “put angling on the general public’s radar”, this she says is done by playing to the concept of CPR as a lifesaving mechanism.
She said this campaign will help ensure “the sustainability of our fisheries resource in the long term”.
The organisation are encouraging novice and experienced anglers to visit www.fishinginireland.info/cprsavesfish to find out more about how they can try fishing in their local area.
Pictured above Evelyn Cahill aged 4 from Dunboyne.