Inland Fisheries Ireland has in the last week seized illegally caught Bass off the Wexford coast and illegal fishing nets off the Waterford coast. While the specifics of these cases are not being released for legal and operational reasons it is often the flexibility and dedication of IFI staff that lead to these successes.
These types of seizures are often initiated following significant covert, intelligence led, policing operations which are carried out during both day and night time. In both instances off-duty fisheries staff quickly mobilised to execute the seizures.
The regional Director at Inland Fisheries Ireland praised the dedication of the staff in executing the seizures and described the seizures as very important in the protection of Ireland’s Bass, Salmon and Sea Trout resource. It is widely known that illegal fishing could have devastating consequences on our valuable fishery resource. Anyone who has information relating to illegal fishing activity can contact IFI 24 hours a day by phoning 1890 34 74 24
Inland Fisheries Ireland
Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.
Tel: 052 6180055 Fax: 052 6123971
Email: David.McInerney@fisheriesireland.ie Website: www.fisheriesireland.ie
Notes to Editor Inland
Fisheries Ireland is a statutory body operating under the aegis of the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and was established under the Fisheries Act on 1st July 2010. Its principal function is the protection and conservation of the inland fisheries resource. IFI will promote, support, facilitate and advise the Minister on the conservation, protection, management, development and improvement of inland fisheries, including sea angling and develop and advise the Minister on policy and national strategies relating to inland fisheries and sea angling.