Ireland: Anglers return but fishing tourism concerns remain
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Anglers have been returning to Ireland’s fisheries since the first easing of the COVID-19 restrictions, but authorities remain concerned about the recovery of the country’s fishing tourism industry.
Anglers have been permitted to fish since May 6th following an announcement by Inland Fisheries Ireland.
Fishing is allowed from riverbanks within 5k of anglers’ homes on most State fisheries except Galway and Moy, plus ESB fisheries provided social distancing protocols are observed. ESB has statutory responsibility for managing and preserving fishing throughout many catchments.
The status of private and club-run fisheries is a matter for their managers and committees.
Boat anglers are subject to RNLI safety guidelines, which currently recommend avoiding the water for any recreational activities.
According to broadcaster, Raidió Teilifís Eiréann (RTE), the National Coarse Fishing Federation is hoping for a co-rdinated cross-border approach to ‘opening up our sport’ in the coming months, amid fears for the angling tourism industry which remains shut down.