Ireland – New Management Measures for Bass

An announcement from Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) details national policies for the management of trout, pike and bass. The IFI is the state agency responsible for the protection conservation, management and promotion of Ireland’s inland fisheries and sea angling resources: Press Release

The IFI chairman, Mr Brendan O’Mahony, commented, “These policies are the first national species policies to be issued from IFI and in this regard represent a new era for fisheries management in Ireland. The policies will provide for the better conservation and management of bass, pike and trout in Ireland and will help ensure sustainability of stocks into the future. In addition, they will allow for improved angling, economic impacts and help to sustain and improve the many jobs that are supported by recreational angling in Ireland.”

The specific measures pertaining to bass are detailed as: a reduction in the daily angling bag limit from two to one fish in any 24 hour period; an increase in the minimum landing size; and a review of the closed season.

Members of the Bass Policy Group Micheal Hennessey, John Quinlan and Shane O'Reilly with Brendan O'Mahony and Dr Ciarn Byrne

Members of the Bass Policy Group Micheal Hennessey, John Quinlan and Shane O’Reilly with Brendan O’Mahony and Dr Ciarn Byrne