Relief as salmon fishing reopens on Clonee river
ANGLING interests in the Tuosist area breathed a sigh of relief this week after Inland Fisheries Ireland announced that salmon fishing would reopen on the Clonee River. The popular river which serves the Clonee Lakes had been closed in 2013 but a replenishing of salmon stock means that the river now upgrades to 'catch and release' for 2014.
Also in the Kenmare district, The River Sheen which was open for catch and release in 2013 is now open for harvest in 2014.
The news isn't so good on The Owenmore River on the Dingle Peninsula which boasts some of Ireland's top fly fishing spots but has been downgraded to catch and release for 2014.
The changes were announced on Christmas Eve by Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Fergus O'Dowd. They follow Inland Fisheries Ireland's annual assessment of fish stocks and their sustainability.
Nationally there are 87 out of a possible 143 rivers open for angling activity in 2014 with 57 rivers fully open and a further 30 open for angling on a catch and release basis.
The list follows management and scientific advice on the current status of Irish salmon stocks from Inland Fisheries Ireland, as well as submissions from a public consultation exercise.
The department has also confirmed that there will continue to be lower licence fees in 2014, a move that aims to incentivise angling tourists.