On Thursday last, August 25, the Board of Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) met with a joint delegation from the National Anglers Representative Association and Trout Anglers Federation of Ireland to discuss the IFI’s proposal to exit the production of trout for the re-stocking of angling lakes.
As a result of these discussions the Board of IFI has agreed to defer its proposal indefinitely. However, in the discussions the parties recognised that there are significant economic, environmentaland biological issues surrounding the current production facilities, which the IFI needs to resolve.
Inland Fisheries Ireland is committed to developing and seeking funding for a comprehensive strategy to meet current and future trout production needs, contingent on obtaining the significant investment required. The parties to the discussions agreed to continue to work closely together to deliver this strategy.
The Board of IFI wishes to acknowledge and thank all those who have made submissions to the public consultation on the IFI’s exiting from freshwater trout production. This consultation process is now closed.
This is very welcome news for Rinn-Shannon & District Angling Club and its members and visitors to Lough Rowan. The club would like to firstly express our gratitude and respect to the IFI staff in Roscrea and Mullingar fish farms that have assisted us in our annual restocking plans over the last ten years.
The quality of fish that we have received over the years is second to none and is all due to the passion, expert care and attention to detail the staff from IFI fish farms put in to their work.
As a voluntary organisation we depend on a number of state and local agencies and we were very concerned with the IFI’s announcement of the closure of vital assets, which are central to the tourism and membership core of our club.
Our members and committee are totally committed to environmental sustainability and we have always felt that by purchasing stock for our lake from IFI, we were assured implicitly that our policies were being adhered to.
Through our website, our local newspaper, our competitions, annual open days and constant work with local B&B’s hotels, pubs etc., we put in an enormous amount of work – simply because of our commitment to the natural resources we have.
Therefore the announcement that the farms are to continue in production is fantastic news and will mean that Lough Rowan will continue as a trout fishery for the foreseeable future.
Rinn Shannon & District Angling Club Lotto Scratch Cards
Match 3 cash amounts and win that amount, Cash prizes €1000, €500, €100, €50, €20, €10, €10, €5 & €2 may be won. Reveal 3 fish and win entry into End of Lottery draw for two nights B&B for two in Rynn Castle Hotel with 1 dinner & €500 spending money at Lough Rynn Castle Hotel. Proceeds of lottery are to support Rinn- Shannon & District Angling Club development programme. Recent winners as follows: Deirdre McDonald €500; Alan McLoughlin €100; Jim Foy, Cloone €50.
Scratch cards can be bought from Scollan's, Drumshanbo, O’Brien’s Tavern Mohill, and from club chairman Paul Beck on his rounds. More outlets to be announced shortly.
Until next time …. tight lines and stay safe on the water.