Controversial fisheries bye law to be withdrawn

“The western lakes are unique and precious and need to be offered protection”

A controversial fisheries bye law, which has been found not to meet the conditions necessary to protect the western lakes, including Lough Corrib, is to be withdrawn.

According to Fine Gael senator, Sean Kyne, who had arranged an on-line meeting between Government representatives and senior officials of Inland Fisheries Ireland, the bye law as drafted was “not satisfactory” to the trout and salmon angling community and “didn’t offer the protection needed”.

“I’m happy that the bye law is to be withdrawn based on feedback from Government representatives in Galway and Mayo but now a comprehensive plan for the Western Lakes is needed,” said Sen Kyne, a former Minister for Fisheries.

The new CEO of the IFI is open to research into the diet of the larger pike, which are protected under bye law 809 of 2006. Sen Kyne said larger pike needed to be removed, as had been permitted under the bye law he had prepared in 2018.

“The western lakes are unique and precious,” said Sen Kyne, “and need to be offered such protection.”


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