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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 8:23 am    Post subject: Fisheries Review Reply with quote

At present a full review of fisheries structures is being carried out. The current fisheries boards will be replaced by new regional fisheries authorities. The number of regional boards may be cut from 7 to 6 and the Minister would like the new authorities regions to match the river basin districts.
The new authorities will operate in a similar manner as the current boards.
I hear that the Minister would like the number of board members of the authorities to be reduced from the current 22 to 9. He also wants businessmen and various interest groups represented. This could mean that anglers may only have 1 or 2 representatives on each board. Anglers are, by far and away, the largest group of stakeholders in fisheries and must have appropriate representation. We should really have 5 on each authority to cover salmon, trout, pike, sea and coarse. It would be pretty impossible for 1 or 2 anglers to properly represent all categories of anglers.
There was a meeting of the Angling Council of Ireland on wednesday where this whole issue was discussed. It was decided that we seek an urgent meeting with Minister Ryan to express our concerns and set out our requirements.
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PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2008 11:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JC,

Lets hope that whatever facadé the new boards take, they have enough funding to to do a proper management job. It would be nice to see more fisheries officers on waters other than trout or salmon.

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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2008 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Extra funding for more protection would be great but, looking at the very gloomy predictions of the States finances this year, I think less rather than more funding will be available. This is going to put more pressure on us anglers to help out.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Minister was to have brought his new proposals on new fisheries structures to cabinet last month. This didnt happen. Minister Ryan is now off on 3 weeks holidays. It will now be september before he gets to inform his cabinet colleagues of what he has in mind. He has been keeping his proposals secret. It would appear that all the cutbacks are taking up a lot of time and may have had an effect on what he was proposing. This will probably mean that he will have to extend the life of current structure into 2009.
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