Great news for Irish salmon anglers as it is announced that a pilot scheme extending the salmon season by nearly two weeks will be run in 2012.
Taking place on the River Blackwater across County Waterford and County Cork, the extension will see angling allowed for the species for an extra 12 days on the waterway.
The news follows years of campaigning by anglers to get the season extended, including the owner of Blackwater Lodge and Salmon Fishery on the river, Ian Powell.
“It’s great news. We’ve been campaigning for some time to have an extension to the salmon season and now it looks as if we are finally coming to a successful conclusion,” said Ian.
“The last two years have seen our backend fishing marred by drought conditions and further frustrated by a good flood right at the end of September. We all know just how good the autumn run of salmon should be, and in 2012 we should be able to enjoy our sport for a further 12 days into October.”
The decision the run the pilot scheme next year comes from Ireland’s Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources as a result of a public consultation on the Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme.
The Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources, Mr Pat Rabbitte TD said of the news:
“Preliminary advice I have received from Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) indicates that some of the salmon fisheries did not perform as well in 2011 as they did in 2010, in part due to water levels and weather conditions.
“As part of an ongoing review and on an experimental basis, the salmon angling season in the River Blackwater in Co Waterford and Co Cork will be extended on a catch and release basis until 12 October 2012. The purpose of this initiative is to facilitate an examination by IFI of the effects on salmon of an extended angling season, which may be justified given that salmon may have been running later in the year. The performance of the fishery during these two weeks will be closely monitored by IFI with a view to determining the prospects for extending the season in other such rivers.”
The news gives hope that should the pilot scheme go well, a permanent extension on the Blackwater and other similar rivers could be put in place in the near future.
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