Thursday, 18 February 2021
Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
34. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the person or body that has responsibility for inland fisheries here considering the launch on 27 January 2021 of a new policy roadmap for inland fisheries by his Department; if all existing inland fisheries legislation that is applicable to lacustrine special areas of conservation, SACs, will be correctly aligned with the EU habitats and water framework Directives under this new roadmap; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9165/21]
My Department has overall statutory and policy responsibility for the inland fisheries Sector. Inland Fisheries Ireland, which operates under the remit of my Departments has statutory responsibility for the management, protection, conservation and promotion of the inland fisheries and sea angling resource.
Adherence to the relevant requirements of EU Directives is a key consideration for all policy, legislation and operational matters in the inland fisheries sector.
The Roadmap which I published last month is the first step in the development of a new policy and regulatory framework that will recognise and protect Ireland's precious inland fisheries resource.