Fisheries Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has announced the introduction of new regulations which will ban the sale of rod caught salmon in Northern Ireland.
The Minister said: “The introduction of these regulations is the first step in a series of conservation measures aimed at protecting stocks of the iconic Atlantic salmon. This ban brings the DCAL jurisdiction into line with the rest of Ireland and with Britain, effectively prohibiting the sale of salmon caught by rod and line across these islands.”
The prohibition will commence on the 1 June 2013 which is the beginning of the season for the taking of salmon.
The Minister went on to say: “The introduction of this prohibition will encourage the practice of catch and release methods for salmon fishing until such methods become mandatory in 2014. It will also deter poaching if no outlet is available to sell salmon caught in this way.
“My officials are also working on the range of other legislative measures required to prohibit commercial salmon netting and implement mandatory catch and release for salmon angling in time for the 2014 seasons.”
The prohibition on sale of rod caught salmon will also extend to sea-trout. This is consistent with prohibitions in place in the Loughs Agency area and the south of Ireland.
Countryside Alliance Ireland Chief Executive, Lyall Plant, commented: “Countryside Alliance Ireland welcomes any measure which will help protect the stocks of Atlantic salmon. CAI work closely with the Ulster Angling Federation, DCAL and other like minded bodies for the benefit of Atlantic salmon and indeed, angling in general. As a responsible country sports organisation we are also an active member of PAW NI (Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime Northern Ireland) and tackling poaching is something particularly high on our agenda.”
National Countrysports Fair draws huge crowds
The glorious weather provided the perfect backdrop for the National Countrysports Fair in Moira Demesne over the weekend of 25&16 May.
It was an ideal weekend for families visiting the fair and a huge crowd was in attendance.
There was an array of stands and the entertainment in the arenas ensured the crowds were kept entertained. For a full update see www.caireland.org
Countryside Alliance Ireland now looks forward to attending the Irish Game Fair and Flavour Fine Food at Shanes Castle on 29&30 June. We hope to see you there.