NI Marine Plan Team host drop-in sessions

THE NI Marine Plan Team is holding a series of public drop-in sessions throughout November.

The Marine Plan will make important decisions about the future of Northern Ireland’s marine areas, and the aim of these sessions is to ensure that local people have the opportunity to take part in the plan making process.

Countryside Alliance Ireland (CAI) would urge our members to attend their local session and ensure their opinion, and that of the shooting, hunting and fishing community is heard.

CAI has been, and will continue to work closely with the Marine Plan Team to ensure that any proposed plans do not unduly penalise our members and prohibit country sports in Northern Ireland.

The schedule of sessions is as follows:

Castlerock - Tuesday 6th Nov - Castlerock Community Centre

Portrush - Wednesday 7th Nov - Portrush Library

Cushendall - Thursday 8th Nov - Cushendall Library

Causeway - Monday 12th Nov - Causeway Visitor Centre (11-4pm)

Rathlin - Tuesday 13th Nov - Branson Centre (7.30 -9pm)

Larne - Thursday 15th Nov - Larne Library

Carrickfergus - Friday 16th Nov - Carrickfergus Library and Carrickfergus Castle

Bangor - Tuesday 20th Nov - Bangor Library

Portaferry - Wednesday 21st Nov - Exploris Aquarium

Ardglass - Thursday 22nd Nov - Ardglass Golf Club

Newcastle - Monday 26th Nov - Newcastle Library and the Newcastle Centre

Kilkeel - Tuesday 27th Nov - Kilkeel Library

Warrenpoint - Wednesday 28th Nov - Warrenpoint Library

Public drop-in: sessions are open between 2 - 4pm (unless otherwise stated)

Operation Wild Deer

The second meeting of Operation Wild Deer took place on Tuesday 30 October at Cookstown Police Station and CAI, a key stakeholder, was in attendance.

Operation Wild Deer was set up in July to tackle head-on the issue of deer poaching in the Cookstown area. The PSNI has increased patrols and greater public awareness and vigilance has helped the initiative gain momentum and the group were delighted to hear there had been no reported deer poaching incidents in the area since July.

CAI would urge anyone with information on deer poaching (or suspected incidents of poaching) to contact the PSNI on 0845 600 8000 or anonymously to Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.