The ve­neer that all is well still in Ire­land is now very thin.

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Ge­off Cooper

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“I moved to Ire­land 26 years ago and be­fore mov­ing here I had a tackle shop on the banks of the Great Ouse and worked for Anglian Wa­ter as a war­ranted fish­eries of­fi­cer.

“We have still got great fish­ing here, but not as it was – long

so gen­eral coarse an­gling is suf­fer­ing, and iron­i­cally there is no ev­i­dence it has helped trout num­bers.

“There have also been se­ri­ous prob­lems with pol­lu­tion, which have not been prop­erly tack­led.

“Our or­gan­i­sa­tion has made an 80-minute DVD on the sub­ject of pol­lu­tion, which is ig­nored by all. I could go on for­ever, as there are many se­ri­ous prob­lems here, but the bot­tom line is if it ain’t got spots and an adi­pose fin the IFI don’t give a stuff.

“We are fight­ing a war here just to main­tain the sta­tus quo, and the prob­lem is no­body wants to lis­ten.

“We have met with the group who are con­duct­ing the re­view, but I am scep­ti­cal they will re­ally take no­tice of all the ev­i­dence we pre­sented,” he con­cluded. THE Ir­ish au­thor­i­ties are con­duct­ing a re­view, but af­ter a year they have still not pub­lished their rec­om­men­da­tions.

Orla Sheils, IFI com­mu­ni­ca­tions manager, re­sponded: “Stock man­age­ment is un­der­taken on cer­tain waters for the con­ser­va­tion of wild brown trout. These stock man­age­ment oper­a­tions are car­ried out in ac­cor­dance with IFI’s pike and trout man­age­ment poli­cies.

“How­ever, recog­nis­ing the con­cerns of some stake­hold­ers in re­la­tion to el­e­ments of these poli­cies,

IFI com­menced a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion last Novem­ber fo­cus­ing on the man­age­ment of pike in des­ig­nated wild brown trout fish­eries ini­tially.

“A group com­prised of a range of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from all dis­ci­plines within IFI is un­der­tak­ing the con­sul­ta­tion and is cur­rently re­view­ing sub­mis­sions made from the pub­lic on this is­sue. Fur­ther sci­en­tific in­for­ma­tion is awaited and the out­come of the re­view will not be pub­lished un­til all in­for­ma­tion is given due con­sid­er­a­tion.

“Re­cent re­ports from Tourism Ire­land in­di­cate a de­cline in vis­i­tors from the UK and cite value for money and un­cer­tainty due to Brexit as con­tribut­ing fac­tors. How­ever, IFI has no specifics at this time re­lat­ing to an­gling vis­i­tors.

“Re­gard­ing num­bers of coarse fish, from a na­tional per­spec­tive it is im­pos­si­ble to de­fine an in­crease or de­crease in coarse fish stocks. Over­all, an­gling catches have not de­clined, but the species com­po­si­tion has changed.

“In gen­eral terms, the coloni­sa­tion of roach has re­sulted in a de­cline in stocks of bream, with an in­crease in roach/bream hy­brids.

“Re­cently at the World Youth An­gling Champs bag weights were con­sid­ered ex­cep­tional, with a to­tal of 2,164 kg be­ing caught over two days of the event – around 25,000 wild fish,” she added.

Will there be any ac­tion?

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