As Minister with delegated authority for the Inland Fisheries sector, I have regularly met formally with the Chair and senior management of Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) across a range of issues. I am also in regular communication with the Chair. On Thursday last, 27 June, I met with the Board of IFI for a wide ranging discussion in advance of the Board's next 5 year strategic planning period. The discussions focusssed on the consensus that the primary goal is protection, development and enhancement of the inland fisheries resource. In addition, we had constructive dialogue in relation to broadening participation in angling particularly among young people, the potential of inland fisheries for rural development and tourism, the threat of climate change on fisheries and the operational and resource requirements of IFI.
I have also met with fisheries staff on the ground to see first hand the work carried out by IFI around the country and the dedication of operational and support staff. I consider this as important as Board engagement.
I intend to maintain a positive liaison with the Board and will continue my regular formal and informal engagement with the Chair and senior management.