Statement of 7 April 2014
The Minister of State Fergus O Dowd TD has confirmed that a compulsory charge for anglers will not be introduced in the context of the proposed new inland fisheries legislation. He has also stated there is no such proposal for consideration.
The context for new legislation is the need to bring the legislative code in the sector into a system that is fit for the 21st Century. In that regard, under existing legislation breach of fisheries legislation can result in prosecution, potentially leading to imprisonment. It has been raised in consultation as to whether there is a better way and if lesser breaches could be taken outside the court system perhaps via a fixed penalty system.
There are no predetermined proposals for any issue for new legislation and the consultation process is on-going. The Minister of State has made repeatedly clear that he wishes to see the fullest possible level of consensus before any proposals are finalised. He also gave a commitment at recent meetings with the Angling Bodies that no proposal will be finalised until the current round of inter-federation discussions are complete, and that he will not facilitate any proposals which might be a source of division within the sector.
Some discussion here
Swords Angling Centre have generously volunteered to sponsor a Shore Report Competition.
This will be a monthly event. The report will be judged on the quality of the report including the photographs
Sea Angling Ireland SAC commence their Club Shore League on Sunday March 23rd at Cheekpoint, County Waterford. The schedule for the year is as follows:
Sun Mar 23rd – Cheekpoint 13:00- 18:00
Saturday May 10th SPA 11am – 4pm
Sat/ Sun July 26th /27th – 2day Clare Ballyreen 13:00-17:00 & 13:30- 17:30 Back up Shannon estuary
Sat October 4th Wexford Beach TBC
Sat 8th Nov Dunanny 16:00 – 21:00
Sun December 14th 12:00 – 17:00 Youghal area
Cod Open (TBC)
Sat December 13th 16:30 – 21:30 Youghal area
More at http://www.saisac.org/
Received from our hosting company (Blacknight):
In our on-going effort to provide our customers with the best hosting solutions, we will shortly be decommissioning some of our older legacy VPS servers, and migrating the VPSs on those servers to newer VPS hardware.
When this is occurring
Your VPS is scheduled to be migrated on Wednesday the 5th of March. We will commence this migration at 6pm and run till midnight. As there are multiple VPSs to be migrated your VPS may go down anytime during the maintenance window, and we estimate the downtime to be around 30-60 minutes per VPS depending on your VPS itself.
The primary purpose of the Bill is to replace and update the
Mercantile Marine Act 1955 (as amended by the Merchant Shipping
(Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1998 and the Sea-Fisheries and
Maritime Jurisdiction Act 2006), to provide a legislative basis for the
establishment and regulation of a modern and comprehensive ship
registration system with a new centralised, electronic and accessible
national ship register, the Irish Register of Ships, at its core.
It’s not quite clear how this will affect angling boats.
.. small boats carrying
no more than three passengers for the purposes of angling will be
required to be registered on the Register in accordance with the Bill..