Thursday, 22 November 2018

Questions (181)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

181. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will address a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48804/18]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

I gave statutory notice on 14 November 2018 of the draft Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme Regulations, 2018 to provide for the management of the wild salmon and sea trout fishery by IFI from 1 January 2019. The draft regulations provide for an individual management regime for each of Ireland's 147 salmon rivers, river sections and estuaries based on the conservation imperative for their individual genetic stock in line with the requirements of the EU Habitats Directive.

The regulations are based on management advice received from Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI).  This advice from IFI is supported by individual stock assessments carried out by an independent Scientific Committee comprising scientists from a range of organisations. 

A statutory 30 day public consultation period is currently underway and observations on the draft regulations may be made, via written submission, at any time during this period which concludes on 13 December 2018. 

A copy of the draft regulations, which are made every year, is available on my Department’s website, www.dccae.gov.ie, and is open for public inspection at the offices of the Inland Fisheries Division of the Department in Cavan and also at the offices of Inland Fisheries Ireland around the country.  

The person referred to by the Deputy may make a submission within the statutory consultation process.  A detailed response to all submissions received in the process will issue after the period of consultation has closed.  It is not appropriate to comment on individual cases while the public consultation process is underway.