Pike condemned to death
New Irish law Four big fish per day Anglers start challenge
IRISH pike anglers are up in arms about the approval of a byelaw that will allow up to four big pike a day to be removed from loughs.
A campaign has been launched by the Irish Pike Society and the All Ireland Angling Alliance, who are looking to raise funds to mount a legal challenge in the High Court.
IPS chairman Ian Forde said: “We condemn the enactment of a law that now allows the killing of four specimen pike per day, per angler, in our premier limestone loughs.
“This bill was signed into law on the October 25 by Richard Bruton, the recently appointed minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment.
“Recreational angling supports over 11,000 jobs nationally, and contributes almost €1 billion to the Irish economy.
“The actions of
Richard Bruton and others will result in a loss of jobs and community services, due to the resulting negative impacts on our economy.
“Since 1996, the importance of specimen pike has been recognised, and further still in 2006 with the introduction of the current national pike law that protects pike of over 50 cm.
“However, with one stroke of a pen, a Government minister has undone decades of conservation effort.
“Due to the spread of invasive roach throughout our systems, the beneficial role of pike has been revealed in the most recent scientific research, carried out by IFI in 2017-2018.
“Minister Bruton has signed this disgraceful document, allowing slaughter to commence, while ignoring the latest scientific data. He’s not even consulted the statutory agency, IFI, charged with managing our fisheries.
“IFI’s latest campaign is CPR (catch, photo, release), but what a sick joke that looks now!
“We had made a decision to self-fund up to this point, but
This predator was killed and hung in a tree by an antipike angler. since early May we have had full-time solicitors and barristers working on our behalf.
“Our current legal and experts bill is in excess of €15,000. It will cost another €10,000 to get to trial. If we are unsuccessful, and have costs awarded against us, we’re looking at perhaps another €50,000,” Ian concluded.
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Neville Fickling, a regular Irish visitor, said: “This legislation is an act of sheer vindictiveness by brown trout anglers intent on destroying the Irish pike in a misguided belief that this will improve trout fishing.
“It gives them carte blanche to destroy as many pike as possible. No doubt many destroy any pike they catch anyway, but now they could actually organise a pike competition, killing all the pike that they catch.
“Like many battles, this one is needless. It wastes resources that would be better spent on improving fishing all round, but it has to be fought and won if decent Irish pike fishing is to be preserved.
“I and other British pike anglers have already donated £100 each to the cause, and I would urge others to follow suit,” added the author and tackle dealer.
Read Neville Fickling's latest AM column in p.32/33.
A new law allows the killing of four specimen pike per day, per angler, in premier Irish loughs.