The veneer that all is well still in Ireland is now very thin.
we also cater for anglers, with three double rooms, all en suite.
“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 Further scientific information is awaited and the outcome of the review will not be published until all information is given due consideration.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?