Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Ceisteanna (382)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Ceist:

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]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar 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.