Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (43)

Michael Healy-Rae


43. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications if he will address a matter regarding a salmon licence (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2482/21]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

Commercial salmon fishing licences are issued annually by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) under the conditions and criteria for licence application and issue set out in the Control of Fishing for Salmon Order each year.

These are public licences which must be applied for each year. An annual commercial salmon fishing licence does not, therefore, confer a permanent or ongoing entitlement to fish and ceases to have effect at the close of the annual fishing season. Such licences do not confer rights on the annual holder and are not inheritable. Anyone seeking to obtain a licence can apply to the IFI when the Control of Fishing for Salmon Order 2021 is finalised in advance of the fishing season commencing in May 2021. All applications are considered in line with the statutory licensing criteria set out in the Order.