Interested parties invited to get involved in the process
Eamon Ryan TD, Minister with responsibility for the Inland Fisheries sector has launched Towards a Policy Framework for Inland Fisheries in Ireland – A Roadmap.
This roadmap represents the first step in developing a policy framework for inland fisheries in Ireland which will be focused on conservation and sustainable management and on reimagining our relationship with this precious national resource. The policy framework will put conservation and sustainability first but will also show how this shift in emphasis can allow the true economic potential of the sector to be realised at the same time.
The roadmap is broadly intended for those who have an interest in angling, fisheries, rural development, biodiversity, natural habitats, water quality, climate action and wider sustainability. Stakeholders could represent a wide range of interests, including, for example, those who participate in angling and inland commercial fishing (individuals and organisations / associations / clubs), rural and coastal communities, environmental NGOs, local authorities, the hospitality sector, and other regulatory bodies.
Minister Ryan encouraged all interested parties to get involved early on in the process of developing the new policy framework: “People have the opportunity to be involved in developing this framework. You may have information and ideas that can help shape the future of the sector in Ireland. By taking part in this process you can influence the decisions being made about the future of Ireland’s Inland Fisheries”.