Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Questions (382)

Éamon Ó Cuív


382. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his plans to introduce a new by-law to replace the Designated Salmonid Waters Bye-Law No. 964 2018; if so, the timescale proposed for the reintroduction of this by-law; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22851/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

My Department has almost completed its consideration of the implications of legal advice received following the outcome of proceedings in the context of intended Bye-laws going forward. I cannot comment on the legal advice itself, however, I can advise that these implications are particularly complex and challenging as regards any Bye-law in relation to the issue raised by the Deputy.

While it is my intention to introduce a similar Bye-law, I would emphasise that, in the meantime, the Lakes in question have long been designated, as a matter of policy, for management primarily for the benefit of wild brown trout and that policy designation remains. I am advised by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) that Stock Management Plans in respect of these lakes for 2019 are being implemented.