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AGM

The AGM of the Connaught Angling Council  will take place on Jan 11th @ 8pm in the Anglers Rest Hotel Headford.

Attached is the official notification and proposed agenda  for the. AGM.
Could all affiliated clubs make a special effort to send at least two delegates and as usual we will have a development draw for clubs who have two delegates present.
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2018

Designated Salmonid Waters Bye Law 2018

Hi Folks. This is a very serious and urgent message. We ask all clubs to give it their immediate attention.
  We request that you ask all of your members to send a email or note of support for Minister Kynes Designated Salmonid Waters Bye Law 2018.
 This should be emailed to inland.fisheries@dccae.gov.ie <mailto:inland.fisheries@dccae.gov.ie> or post to
 Inland Fisheries division
 Dept of communications,Climate Action And Environment,
 Elm House,
Earls Vale Rd Cavan Town
 H12 A8H7 Ireland
 
 We have invested a lot of time and effort in this campaign to drop the ball now.
 This is the final push and we need every shoulder at the wheel.
 So please support this final effort.
 Could you please inform us of the No. of submissions that your club sent.
 It is imperative that we have huge support for Minister Kyne proposals.
 There must be an overwhelming response to the pike lobby strategy.

Sample Letters:

Letter 1

Letter 2

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Welcome for Owenriff River trout & salmon plan

Embargo, Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Trout anglers want Minister to solve pike problem in western lakes

The Connacht Angling Council has given a warm welcome to the announcement by the Minister responsible for Inland Fisheries, Seán Kyne TD, that efforts are to be made to rehabilitate trout and salmon populations in the Owenriff River, a major tributary of Lough Corrib.

However, it has stressed that the Minister must now put further pressure on Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) to deal with the threat posed by pike to wild brown trout in the great western Loughs of Mask (Mayo), Carra (Mayo), Conn (Mayo), Cullin (Mayo), Arrow (Sligo/Roscommon) and Sheelin (Westmeath, Meath, Cavan and Longford) and Lough Corrib itself.

Connacht Angling Council Chairperson, Martin Kinneavy, said: “The measures to protect and restore trout stocks in the Owenriff Catchment, which have been impacted by recent introductions of pike, were promised last November. The Connacht Angling Council warmly welcomes the Minister’s announcement that he is committed to protecting and rehabilitating the Owenrriff system.

“The Minister has said that IFI will be commencing a focused and intensive effort aimed at reducing the numbers of pike in the Owenriff catchment over the coming year, and that the project will reduce pike numbers to a level where they are not impacting significantly on salmonid stocks.

“Minister Kyne also emphasised that, in tandem with the stock management plan, IFI is also preparing an Owenriff Fish Population Rehabilitation Plan which aims to ensure trout stocks and habitats are restored and protected, thereby providing the best opportunities for a successful trout population.

“The Connacht Angling Council continues to seek undertakings that the Minister will also deal with the threat posed by pike to wild brown trout in the great western Loughs of Mask (Mayo), Carra (Mayo), Conn (Mayo), Cullin (Mayo), Arrow (Sligo/Roscommon) and Sheelin (Westmeath, Meath, Cavan and Longford), as well as Lough Corrib.

“Minister Kyne must do all in his power to ensure that these world famous Irish wild brown trout fisheries are protected by law from pike so they can reach their full trout angling potential, and that stream enhancement programmes are also put in place.

“Pike are far more prolific breeders than trout and a pike will eat as much as 20kgs of wild brown trout in western fisheries per-year. West of Ireland wild brown trout waters were internationally recognised as the best in the world and wild brown trout angling is worth €148m per-year to the Irish economy, the bulk of that money is spent in the West, where, as they both the Minister and Inland Fisheries Ireland are well aware, it is badly needed.

“It is the view of the Connacht Angling Council that designated wild brown trout fisheries should be managed exclusively for the benefit of wild brown trout. West of Ireland wild brown trout fisheries are unique eco-systems and need to be protected as such by law; otherwise, we are staring at continuing severe damage to wild brown trout stocks in this region,” Mr Kinneavy said.

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2018 AGM

The 2018 AGM of the Connaught Angling Council will take place on
Feb 8th in the Anglers Rest Headford at 8pm.
All affiliated clubs are asked to send at least two delegates. We will have
a development draw for all clubs with two delegates as per previous years.
There will be an update on our campaign to save our wild brown trout which
is looking positive at the moment.
The Agenda is also attached.

AGM Agenda 2018

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‘Copper-fastened strategy needed for pike’ – Connacht Anglers

The Connacht Angling Council has given a very cautious welcome to the announcement by the Minister responsible for Inland Fisheries, Seán Kyne that efforts are to be made to rehabilitate trout and salmon populations in the Owenriff River, a major tributary of Lough Corrib.

However, Council Chairperson, Martin Kinneavy, has said the Minister must now put further pressure on Inland Fisheries Ireland deal with the threat posed by pike to wild brown trout in the great western Loughs of Mask (Mayo), Carra  (Mayo), Conn (Mayo), Cullin (Mayo), Arrow (Sligo/Roscommon) and Sheelin  (Westmeath, Meath, Cavan and Longford).

He said: “The Connacht Angling Council cautiously welcomes the fact that Minister Kyne met with the Board and senior management of Inland Fisheries Ireland to discuss this, and other issues, and that it has now been agreed that a stock management plan explicitly for the Owenriff will be implemented to facilitate the recovery of trout and salmon.

“This needs to be a copper-fastened strategy to deal with pike. This cannot be an attempt to kick the ball into the long grass. The Connacht Angling Council needs a sincere and genuine commitment to deal with pike in western lakes.

“The Connacht Angling Council will be holding Inland Fisheries Ireland and Minister Kyne accountable on these promises, and furthermore will be seeking undertakings to deal with the threat posed by pike to wild brown trout in the great western Loughs of Mask (Mayo), Carra  (Mayo), Conn (Mayo), Cullin (Mayo), Arrow (Sligo/Roscommon) and Sheelin (Westmeath, Meath, Cavan and Longford).

“Inland Fisheries Ireland is currently reviewing its national policy regarding control of pike. I have asked that both it and Minister Kyne do all in their power to ensure that these world famous Irish wild brown trout fisheries are protected by law from pike so they can reach their full trout angling potential.

“Trout anglers are deeply concerned that Inland Fisheries Ireland is already rowing back on pike control in advance of a relaxation of the existing bye-laws.

“Pike are far more prolific breeders than trout and a pike will eat as much as 20kgs of wild brown trout in western fisheries per-year.

“West of Ireland wild brown trout waters were internationally recognised as the best in the world and wild brown trout angling is worth €148m per-year to the Irish economy, the bulk of that money is spent in the West, where, as they both the Minister and Inland Fisheries Ireland are well aware, it is badly needed.

“It is the view of the Connacht Angling Council that designated wild brown trout fisheries should be managed exclusively for the benefit of wild brown trout. West of Ireland wild brown trout fisheries are unique eco-systems and need to be protected as such by law; otherwise, we are staring at severe damage to wild brown trout stocks in this region,” Mr Kinneavy said

 

“Connacht Anglers will not accept the privatisation of the Galway Salmon Weir”

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Connacht Anglers will fight privatisation of Galway Salmon Weir

The Connacht Angling Council has said it will not accept the lease of Galway’s iconic Salmon Weir in any shape or form.

Reports today (Thursday) state that Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) is considering the lease of the world famous weir to a private UK company.

It is understood a proposal to effectively privatise the waterway has been outlined to the board of IFI.

The State purchased the rights to the fishery from London landlords, John and Douglas Barber, 40 years ago.

But its future has been the centre of speculation recently, especially given plans for IFI’s closure of the Salmon Hatchery in Cong, which provides a significant percentage of the overall salmon fish stock for the Galway Fishery.

Martin Kinneavy, Chairperson of the Connacht Angling Council said:

“Connacht Anglers will not accept the privatisation of the Galway Salmon Weir.

“It would be a backward step and would mean that only those who could afford to would fish there. Ordinary anglers would shut-out.

“Such a move would be detrimental to the tourist economy of the West of Ireland.

“However, given the management decisions of IFI in recent times, this does not come as a surprise to us.

“Their sustained downgrading of the management of western fisheries, coupled with the current crisis which has left trout facing decimation by predator pike, and now, the proposal to privatise the Galway Salmon Weir, are all indicative of IFI management’s contemptuous attitude to western fisheries,” he said.

Trout anglers welcome political support for pike campaign

Embargo, Monday, October 23, 2017

The Connacht Angling Council has warmly welcomed the intervention of two former Government Ministers in their campaign to strengthen pike control in western fisheries with the aim of protecting threatened wild brown trout stocks.

Former Ministers Éamon Ó Cuív and Sean Canney have both publicly intervened, expressing concerns for the future of the west’s wild brown trout lakes.

Deputy Canney was speaking at a public meeting in Lourghrea, where over 200 gathered to voice concerns about the future management of Lough Rea.

The Galway East TD told the meeting he was worried about a lack of information from Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI), which is currently preparing an interim report on Pike Management, with a final report due in the New Year.

Since 1938, Loughrea Angling Club has kept pike numbers in Lough Rea under control – at their own expense – but IFI has refused the Club permission to continue yearly netting of pike.

The meeting was addressed by London-based conservationist, Dr Roderick O’Sullivan, who said the eco-systems of wild brown trout fisheries at Loughs Corrib and Rea (Galway), Mask (Mayo), Carra (Mayo), Conn (Mayo), Cullin (Mayo), Arrow (Sligo/Roscommon) and Sheelin (Westmeath, Meath, Cavan and Longford) are under serious threat from Pike.

“Stocks of wild brown trout are facing decimation in West of Ireland lakes if pike numbers are allowed to spiral out of control. The implications for the eco-system of Western fisheries and the tourism economy will be enormous. States in the US understand the threat of pike and are spending vast sums to keep them out,” Dr O’Sullivan added.

Meanwhile, the Connacht Angling Council’s campaign has received a further boost with the backing of Éamon Ó Cuív.

The Galway West TD called on the Minister with responsibility for inland fisheries, Seán Kyne, to declare the preservation of trout stocks a policy priority.

“He must make this ministerial statement before the review is completed. There’s no point in doing a review based on ground works that are not clearly based,” said Deputy Ó Cuív.

Welcoming the intervention of the former Ministers and calling for urgent meetings with Minister Kyne and IFI Chairperson, Fintan Gorman, Martin Kinneavy, Chairperson of the Connacht Angling Council said:

“West of Ireland anglers are deeply concerned that Inland Fisheries Ireland is already rowing back on pike control in advance of a relaxation of the existing bye-laws and want an immediate pike cull.

“The Connacht Angling Council will do all in its power to ensure that our world famous Irish wild brown trout fisheries are protected by law from predator pike so they can reach their full trout angling potential.”

Note: Environmental scientist Dr Roderick O’Sullivan has long been associated with environmental protection issues of water and wildlife in Ireland. It’s widely accepted that the publication of his scientific investigation into salmon farming (1990) has been instrumental in keeping our Great Western Lakes free of salmon farms. In 2007, his 147-page Report on Lough Corrib’s water quality resulted in the Irish State authorities being found guilty in the EU Court (2007) for allowing the lake to become polluted. His current investigations involve the eradication of trout, salmon and freshwater mussels from the Owenriff River, a large tributary of Lough Corrib.

Press Release

Trout anglers to step-up pressure on politicians over pike

Wild Brown Trout anglers are to step-up pressure on Western politicians and Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) as part of their campaign to save Trout in Western lakes from Predator Pike.

Over 200 anglers from all over Connacht were present at the launch of the Connacht Angling Council’s ‘Pike Are Predators – Save our Wild Brown Trout’ campaign at the Boat Inn, Oughterard, Co Galway last night (Wednesday).

They heard keynote speaker, London-based environmental scientist, Dr Roderick O’Sullivan, state that stocks of Wild Brown Trout will diminish rapidly in Western Waters if Pike are permitted to roam and freely breed.

“The eco-systems of Irish Wild Brown Trout fisheries at Loughs Corrib (Galway), Mask (Mayo), Carra  (Mayo), Conn (Mayo), Cullin (Mayo), Arrow (Sligo/Roscommon) and Sheelin  (Westmeath, Meath, Cavan and Longford) are under serious threat from Pike, “ he said.

“Stocks of Wild Brown Trout are facing decimation in West of Ireland lakes if Pike numbers are allowed to spiral out of control. The implications for the eco-system of Western fisheries and the tourism economy will be enormous,” Dr O’Sullivan added.

Martin Kinneavy, Chairperson of the Connacht Angling Council said:

“Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) is currently reviewing its policy regarding control of Predator Pike. The Connacht Angling Council will do all in its power to ensure that our world famous Irish Wild Brown Trout Fisheries are protected by law from Predator Pike so they can reach their full Trout Angling potential.

“Wild Brown Trout Angling is worth €148m per-year to the Irish economy but Predator Pike are eating Wild Brown Trout stocks. Predator Pike are far more prolific breeders than Wild Brown Trout and a Predator Pike will eat as much as 40lbs of Wild Brown Trout per-year.

“In their Pike Policy Document of 2014, IFI pointed out that tourist revenue from Wild Brown Trout angling far outweighs that from Predator Pike fishing. Wild Brown Trout fisheries are unique eco-systems and need to be protected by law; otherwise, we are staring at the destruction of our Wild Brown Trout.  Wild Brown Trout fisheries should be managed exclusively for the benefit of Wild Brown Trout. “

The launch heard that Trout Anglers will now move to lobby politicians and are submitting the following points to Inland Fisheries Ireland as part of the IFI’s Pike Review:

* Inland Fisheries Ireland must maintain its bye-laws in relation to the gill netting and electro fishing of Predator Pike for the Pike spawning season.

* A closed season for all fishing needs to be introduced from September 30 toFebruary 15, excluding events covered under section 59 of the Fisheries Act.

* There must be an immediate Predator Pike cull and severe penalties for the importation of live bait.

* Inland Fisheries Ireland should establish a fully staffed and full-time office in Galway to deal with issues around wild brown trout, salmon, seatrout, and eels; as the West of Ireland is a renowned breeding ground for all of these species.

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Presentation to clubs on the Pike Issue

The Connaught Angling Council are hosting the second meeting on the very serious issue of pike control on our great western lakes in Headford Hall on next Thursday evening 24th at 8.30 pm. As this is one of the most serious issues facing us for many years we are asking all clubs to make a special effort to get as many anglers and their friends to attend.  The only way we will be successful with this campaign is by people power.

We had a very successful first meeting in the Commercial boat club last Thursday evening and the main message that came from this meeting was that Trout Anglers are not going to lie down and let our great trout lakes be overrun by pike.

 

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Hi folks. The Connaught Angling Council are hosting the first meeting on

the very serious issue of pike control on our great western lakes in the

Commercial  club house on next Thursday evening at 8.30 pm. As this is one

of the most serious issues facing us for many years we are asking all clubs

to make a special effort to get as many anglers and their friends to

attend.  The only way we will be successful with this campaign is by people

power.

We will have more of these meetings around connaught in the weeks to come

but we are looking for a big crowd to give everybody the confidence to win

this fight.

Click on the link for more: http://bit.ly/2w9cPxb

Comercial 17 Aug

Joint TAFI/NARA Meeting  

A joint TAFI/NARA meeting will take place on Friday 26th of May 2017 @ 8pm sharp. The object of this vital meeting is to explain the clubs the situation in relation to the management of pike in our wild brown trout fisheries and what action the clubs feel we should take as regards this developing situation. It is of the utmost importance that your club is represented and has it’s say. All members of affiliated clubs are welcome to attend.

8pm Friday 26th MAY, Location Kilcona Cnt., just of the Headford / Galway Rd.  GPS Coordinates  53.440970 – 9.044010

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AGM

Connaught Angling Council’s AGM notice and Agenda

which is scheduled for the Anglers Rest Hotel in Headford Thursday 12th of

Jan.2017

Agenda: Connaught AC AGM Notice and Agenda

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TO ALL CLUBS

OPEN FLY TYING CLASSES

Fly tying classes will commence on Friday 2nd of December in the

Kilcoona Community

Centre, Headford from 7.30 to 9pm. for four weeks.

Classes are open to all youth and will offer an introduction to the art of

fly dressing. The classes will cater for the total beginner and  those

looking to improve their techniques.

Classes are being sponsored by the Connaught Angling Council and are free

to all.

Our main aim is to have more youths ready to take part in the Connaught fly

tying competition which will take place in early February.

We would appeal to all clubs to make an effort to have some youth take part

in this programme.

If you require further information you can contact me on 087 2623061 or by

email.

Rgds. Martin Murphy

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