Regulations and bye-laws governing wild salmon and sea-trout fisheries on 84 rivers in Ireland came into effect on January 1.

Forty-two rivers will be fully open with a further 42 on a ‘catch and release’ basis. Sixty-two rivers will be closed as they have no surplus fish available for harvest.

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) provided management advice for more than 140 ‘genetically individual’ wild salmon stocks. This advice also formed part of a public consultation that attracted over 120 submissions.

Management advice is based on scientific assessment of the current status of all stocks, carried out by the independent Standing Scientific Committee on Salmon.

“2019 is the International Year of the Salmon and it is vital now, more than ever, that we protect our valuable fisheries resource. Environmental change and human impacts are placing salmon and other species at risk,” remarked Seán Canney, minister with responsibility for the inland fisheries sector.

“This is a global initiative which will bring people together to share knowledge, raise awareness and take action on how we can ensure the resilience of salmon in Ireland and in the entire Northern Hemisphere.

“Ireland places the conservation imperative at the heart of our salmon management and I am committed to leading our participation in IYS,” Minister Canney emphasised.

During IYS, Inland Fisheries Ireland will introduce a commemorative salmon licence that includes updated information on catch and release angling.

Carcass tags will also be rebranded to read: ‘Choose Catch and Release’.