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.