Category Archives: Conservation

Public Consultation on Inland Fisheries Legislation

The Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Fergus O’Dowd, T.D. invites members of the public and interested parties to send written submissions for consideration by the Department in preparing a new Inland Fisheries Act. The new Act will consolidate, update and amend existing legislation which governs the conservation, protection, management and development of the inland fisheries and sea angling resources.

Submissions may be sent by email to or by post to:

Mr John Donohoe
Inland Fisheries Division
Department of Communication, Energy and Natural Resources
Elm House
Earls Vale Road

The closing date for receipt of submissions is 5.30pm on 28th June 2013. All submissions received will be published on the Department’s website following the conclusion of the consultation period.

Downloads and further information

Further details and links to existing inland fisheries legislation are available at

Henry’s Tackle Shop Bass Survey

Dear Fellow Bass Angler,

The last two years have seen some unusually low bass activity on many coasts. As part of a countrywide survey we have asked anglers to fill in these log book pages to measure the quality of the bass fishing nationally this year.

Bass are a species protected by bye laws. The quality of protection afforded by these laws has varied but have mainly been sufficient to help the stock recover from a serious crash in the 1980s to a reasonable level over many years.

We fear now that with the double edged sword of financial stress increasing the number of poachers and decreasing budget for fisheries protection that perhaps bass are coming under pressure again.
Other factors are at play like extremes of weather over prolonged periods and large unusual movements of local plankton Northwards.
Whatever the cause we can only observe and record the resulting facts for presentation to someone who is in a position to act.

Please Return your Bass Angling Log Book Pages (linked) at the end of your bass fishing season to:

Henrys Tackle Shop
19 Ballybough Road

Many thanks

Henry Lynam
Pat Daly

Ph/Fax  00353-1-8555216


Does Recreational Angling contribute to the economy?

News Release 22/03/2012

Inland Fisheries Ireland(IFI) has appointed Tourism Development International (TDI) to undertake a Socio-Economic Survey of Recreational Angling in Ireland. The overall objective of the survey is to establish the current volume and value of domestic and overseas recreational angling in Ireland. It will run over the course of 2012.

Pike, coarse fish, Bass, salmon, sea trout, brown trout and sea anglers will all be invited to participate in Irelands most comprehensive angling survey undertaken in decades. The Survey will inform IFI and its tourism partners in relation to the angling product in Ireland and also enable improved strategic planning and decision making in respect of product development and marketing.

‘Anglers are the key to this survey’, commented Minister Fergus O Dowd, TD, ‘they know the resource and they understand the importance of sustainability. What anglers contribute to Ireland’s economy is unknown but I am certain that it is significant. Angling takes place in every river and lake in Ireland and all around our coastline. There is no town or village in Ireland that doesn’t have anglers. It is imperative that the inland fisheries and sea angling resources are managed in the best way possible to ensure enjoyment for our local and visiting anglers, sustainable jobs in rural communities and maximising its potential to add to Ireland’s economy. Getting the right information from those most involved will greatly assist in improving the angling product.’

The survey comprises two parts, a household survey and a survey of recreational anglers which will commence in April. Anglers will be met at fishing locations throughout Ireland and invited to participate there and then, or later by phone or on-line. Every effort will be made to accommodate participation.


Media enquiries: Suzanne Campion ,Head of Business Development, Inland Fisheries Ireland,
Anglesea Street, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.Tel: 052 6180055 Fax: 052 6123971; Email


Wildlife Observations

Angling gives us the opportunity of observing wildlife at close quarters

Observations by site members this year are here

Observations last year are here

Striped Bass

An informative video and food for thought

Striped Bass Gamefish from Taylor Vavra on Vimeo.