New Bass Angling Regulations Aim To Improve Bass Stocks

Press release, 7 January 2016 – Inland Fisheries Ireland

The EU Commission recently agreed Council Regulation 559 that sets out fishing opportunities and fish quotas for EU fishing fleets, and also sets out new rules for recreational bass fishing throughout northern Europe, including Ireland. Implementation of this regulation will require new legislation in Ireland. 

In the interim period, pending legislation, Inland Fisheries Ireland(IFI) is requesting anglers to recognise the need for conservation and to fish according to the regulations that are expected to be introduced shortly i.e. to fish on a catch-and-release basis  up to and including June 30th, 2016. A one fish bag limit will apply from July 1 to December 31. It is envisaged that the introduction of new legislation for Ireland will incorporate elements of the National Bass Policy and will be introduced in advance of the close season for bass angling.  

The new EU regulation on bass fishing was introduced as an emergency measure to address declining bass stocks, as scientific advice indicates that stocks in northern Europe are in a perilous state.

Dr Ciaran Byrne, CEO of IFI stated ‘ Bass is a valuable and important sport angling  species  which  has  been  managed  as  an  angling  species  since  1990. It is a valuable resource,contributing €71 million to the Irish economy annually and supporting over 1,200 jobs. The new measures here and restrictions on commercial fishing outside Irish waters will help improve bass stocks and ensure they continue to provide quality angling for local and tourist anglers alike into the future, sustaining and growing the important economic and social benefits’.

While there is no commercial fishing for bass in Ireland, commercial fishing elsewhere has been severely curtailed, particularly on spawning stocks, which should help Irish stocks. New measures for recreational angling are also being imposed on an international level.

http://www.fisheriesireland.ie/Press-releases/new-bass-angling-regulations-aim-to-improve-bass-stocks.html

Sea Angling Ireland SAC Cod Open 2015

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This will take place November 21st on Youghal Beach 4pm-9pm
500 euro and the perpetual cup for biggest cod, match prizes too.
Further details later, but stick it in your diaries!

IFSA Competition – IFSA members only

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Portlaoise Gardaí seeking owners for recovered property

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Property worth a minimum of €150,000 recovered – Owners sought

Photos available on Garda social media sites, public asked to email portlaoise.property@garda.ie or ring 057 8674100 to arrange viewing

As part of an ongoing investigation into the theft of boat engines, Gardaí in Portlaoise carried out three searches in the town on the 24th and 25th of June.

Resulting from these searches, a large volume of property was recovered, including:
• 74 outboard engines
• 10 boats
• 8 boat trailers
• 1 caravan
• 8 trailers
• 2 generators

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Fisheries Awareness Week 2015

Fisheries Awareness Week happens  May 15th – 24th this year

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More at the dedicated web site

Sea Angling Ireland SAC Shore Competitions 2015

Sea Angling Ireland SAC was set up by site members in 2005. They are running the following club competitions in 2015

March 1st (Sunday) Passage East 11:00-16:00

May 17th Kilcoole 15:00-20:00

2 Day Kerry 4th/5th July

4th July SPA/Castlegregory 13:00- 18:00

5th July Trabeg/Ventry 13:00 -18:00

POSTPONED Ballyheally/Rosstoonstown

18th October (Sunday) South Wexford Venue (Kilmore-Cullenstown area)

Nov 21st Cod Open Youghal 16:30-21:30

Nov 22nd (Sunday) Slob bank 10:30-15:30

Sea Angling Ireland SAC is open for membership.
Further details and membership renewal/signup at http://www.saisac.org/about