Inland Fisheries Ireland

  • Inland Fisheries Ireland is reminding anglers to follow safety guidelines on the water and to be aware of potential dangers and risks. Anglers are also reminded to follow HSE and Government advice regarding physical distancing and outdoor gatherings.

     According to the latest figures from Water Safety Ireland a total of 105 people drowned in Irish waters last year. 

    As angling is a water based activity, anglers often have to deal with changing conditions and hidden dangers.  Inland Fisheries Ireland is reminding anglers to exercise great care for their own safety and that of angling partners. While wearing a life jacket on a boat is mandatory Inland Fisheries Ireland would advise anglers to wear one when on or near water.

     Inland Fisheries Ireland has a detailed guide to safety at http://www.fishinginireland.info/safety.htm. You can also download a free copy of the information leaflet Safety on the Water – Angling Safety

  • Inland Fisheries Ireland is requesting all salmon and sea trout anglers who have not returned last seasons (2020) angling logbook and unused gill tags to do so immediately. The logbooks and unused gill tags are necessary to provide vital data to make evidence based decisions on Ireland’s wild Atlantic Salmon and Sea Trout stocks into the future.  

    In accordance with the Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme, anglers are required by law to return their completed logbook (setting out their fishing and catch record), and all unused tags to the issuing office of Inland Fisheries Ireland with 7 days of licence expiry and no later than 19th of October annually.

    Suzanne Campion, Head of Business Development at Inland Fisheries Ireland says that Salmon stocks are at a critical point and their survival is dependent on efforts made to manage and conserve this precious species.  

    The return of logbooks and tags can be done via the ‘prepaid postage return envelope’ which was supplied at the time of license purchase. In the absence of the prepaid postage return envelope, anglers can return their completed logbook and unused tags to the Inland Fisheries Ireland office addressed on their licence/logbook. Alternatively scanned logbooks and licences may be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Any queries in relation to the Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

     

  • A pollution incident on the Carrowbeg River in Westport last weekend was linked to an accidental discharge of detergent into the river.

    Inland Fisheries Ireland investigated the incident after receiving a number of calls to their hotline number on Saturday .

    Locals reported that an excessive amount of foam had appeared in the river.

    The source was identified and immediate remedial works were carried out.

    Inland Fisheries Ireland says their staff have carried out kayak and drone surveys of the catchment area to assess possible fisheries implications, and the surveys to date have not found any evidence of a fish kill resulting from the incident.

    Fisheries staff are continuing to monitor the site, as the Carrowbeg river - which runs through Westport town - has an abundant indigenous brown trout population, and is an important amenity to the local community.

    Members of the public are urged to report any suspected pollution incidents to the Inland Fisheries 24-hour confidential hotline on 1890 34 74 24.

     

  • Inland Fisheries Ireland is asking anglers in Mayo and the general public to report any sightings of Pacific pink salmon.

    Also known as "humpback salmon", pink salmon were very rare in Irish waters until 2017, and are believed to have originated from stocking programmes in Russia.

    Scientists at Inland Fisheries are concerned that, if there are large numbers of non-native species in Irish rivers, this may have negative impacts on Ireland's salmon and trout populations in the future.

    The first reported catch of a Pacific pink salmon in Ireland this year was in the Ridge Pool in the Moy Fishery in Ballina on 27th June.

    Inland Fisheries Ireland has published a guide on its website to help the public identify the Pacific pink salmon, which has large oval black spots on its tail.

    Any sightings should be reported to the 24-hour confidential hotline on 1890 34 74 24.

    Anyone who catches one of these fish should keep it, and not release it back into the water - even in rivers that are only open for catch and release angling.

    Record the date and location of the catch, and the length and weight of the fish, take a photo of it, tag it and report it to Inland Fisheries Ireland as soon as possible, who will arrange collection of the Pacific pink salmon for further analysis.

  • Members of the public, and those involved in the catering and hospitality sectors, are being warned about the trading of illegally caught salmon and sea trout. following recent seizures in Mayo.

    Inland Fisheries Ireland says it's illegal to purchase or possess illegally-caught salmon or sea trout, and only those caught by licensed commercial salmon fishermen may be sold and must bear a colour coded green or white gill tag, or for wild imported salmon, a yellow tail tag.

    Anglers are prohibited from selling salmon or sea trout caught by rod and line, and fishery officers are carrying out regular inspections to deter the illegal trade of salmon and sea trout.

    Seizures have taken place in recent weeks in Mayo, Donegal and Cork.

    Members of the public can report instances of suspected illegal activity to the Inland Fisheries confidential hotline number on 1890 34 74 24, or to local fisheries staff.