Anglers who have fished in the Currane catchment in County Kerry are being asked to give their thoughts on the fishery through an online survey developed by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI). Titled Fleksi, the survey is designed to provide insight into the state of the fishery.
In recent decades, sea trout and salmon populations have faced serious challenges due to various ecological changes and the data collected by Fleksi has the potential to guide fisheries management in the future.
The Currane Catchment is Ireland’s premier sea trout fishery, with a long history of high quality fishing, particularly for the larger sea trout. The fishery is internationally renowned and recognized as the cornerstone sea trout and salmon fishing in the southwest since the 1900s.
The Fleksi survey will give anglers an exciting opportunity to share their knowledge as citizen scientists and provide valuable input into fisheries management on the fishery.
Dr William Roche, Senior Research Fellow at the IFI, said: ‘The Currane fishery is particularly popular with anglers, but there have been serious concerns about the health of its fish stocks in recent years. We expect anglers to tell their angling experience about how Currane is now compared to when they first started angling.
Each participant can choose to participate in a draw for fishing equipment, with a €200 voucher and a €100 voucher up for grabs.
For those fishing in the Currane system, please complete the following survey: Fisheriesireland.ie/currane-anglers-survey-2022.
Specimen fish enthusiasts will be delighted to hear that the 2021 Specimen Report will be available this month. The committee has experienced delays this year due to the overload of work and uncertainty following the Covid.
The report will be available on the specimenfish.ie website and later in hard copy.
A ‘unique angling fair within a fair’ is set to cause a stir at the Irish Game Fair at Shanes Castle, Antrim on June 25-26.
Fly Show Manager, Stevie Munn, said, “I am very pleased to offer anglers a professional event dedicated to fly fishing. Visitors can get up close to some of Ireland’s best fly dressers as they practice their craft in the old railway station.
A casting area will host demonstrations designed for all skill levels with a free lesson given by qualified casting instructors. A special ‘put and catch’ fishery, with Lough Neagh as a backdrop, will have instructors on hand to help newcomers to the sport.
There’s also a chance to catch a really big fish on land with Daera’s Fishing Simulator!
Keep up to date with the fair at antrimflyfair.com. The Irish Game Fair is supported by TourismNI, Antrim & Newtownabbey Council and CastleWood Holiday Park blairsholidayparks.com.
Eight men involved in a 20-year poaching operation in the River Teifi, West Wales, have pleaded guilty to illegal fishing charges, according to Natural Resources Wales (NRW).
Investigations stemmed from a serious poaching offense in May 2020 and subsequent investigative work revealed wider criminality spanning two decades. All eight pleaded guilty and NRW is pursuing a Proceeds of Crime Act claim against the main ringleader.
Gavin Bown, said: “The impact of this illegal fishing operation on other rivers and coastal waters cannot be underestimated. These defendants have caused terrible damage to salmon and sea trout stocks. Their actions negate the benefits that would otherwise flow from investments by responsible users of the river,” he said.
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