ESRI Angler Research Panel

The Economic and Social Research Institute ESRI (www.esri.ie) is undertaking research on the socio-economics of inland fisheries within Ireland, with the objective of providing evidence that will support policy decisions regarding the management of fisheries resources and angling within Ireland. As part of that work they are currently establishing an angler survey panel. Members of the angler panel will be invited to participate in occasional short surveys to elicit their views on various topics.
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Bass and Sea Anglers

Inland Fisheries Ireland have designed a survey to evaluate the Irish bass fishery, bass angling and the current regulations in place which relate to the bass fishery in Ireland. If you fished for bass in Ireland in 2015 or caught bass in Ireland in 2015 while targeting other species your input would be welcome. The survey should take 10 -15 minutes to complete and respondents who participate have the chance to win a day’s guided bass angling. Results of the survey will be reported on in August/September 2016 and the report will be made available to the public via the IFI website. Data collected as part of this survey will be analysed by both IFI staff and the Socioeconomic Marine Research Unit of NUI Galway; this data will be protected and will not be made available to others.

If you would like to participate in the survey, please follow this link
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IrishBassSurvey

Sea Angling Ireland SAC Shore Competitions 2016

The schedule is subject to change. Please keep up to date on the SAISAC Forum.

Feb 28th Ballyhealy County Wexford 16:00-21:00 (back up Courtown)

Kerry 2 Day
May 21st Cashen 10:00-15:00
May 22nd SPA 13:00-18:00

West Cork 2 Day
July 9th Rosscarbery 14:00 – 19:00
July 10th Red Strand 12:00-17:00

July 23rd Courtown (or whichever beach has smooth hound) 17:30-22:30

Dec 3rd Youghal Cod Open
Dec 4th above Youghal Bridge 11:00 – 16:00

To fish these competitions you must be a member of Sea Angling Ireland SAC
You may join here

Thanks to Henry’s Tackle Shop for sponsoring these competitions

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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