Written answers

Thursday, 12 May 2022

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Inland Fisheries

Photo of Pádraig Mac LochlainnPádraig Mac Lochlainn (Donegal, Sinn Fein)
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167. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his views on the future of snap net fishing on the river Suir following its closure a number of years ago; and if his Department will engage with fishermen in the area who wish to examine options for the future. [23905/22]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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While the River Suir has been closed to snap netting for the past few years, the longer term track record shows that the Suir opens and closes on a cyclical basis of foot of annual scientific assessments – rivers are not permanently closed but can only be open to taking and killing salmon if the biological imperatives are met. The trend over recent years in terms of meeting the conservation limit on the Suir is positive. While predictions cannot be definitively made, annual assessments will continue and will inform IFI stock management decisions.

Photo of Mairead FarrellMairead Farrell (Galway West, Sinn Fein)
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168. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will publish a complete list of the properties in County Galway owned by Inland Fisheries Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23933/22]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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The issue is an operational matter for Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) in which neither I nor my Department have any role. IFI has established a specific e-mail address for queries from Oireachtas members so that queries can be addressed promptly, in line with IFI’s objective to deliver services to the highest standards. The email address is oireachtas@fisheriesireland.ie.

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