IFI Plan Carton House

The plan also highlights objectives to develop fish habitats as part of the National Strategy for Angling Development (NSAD) – the first comprehensive framework for Ireland’s angling resource that could deliver an additional €60m per annum to the economy and support an extra 1,400 Irish jobs.

“Inland Fisheries Ireland has a huge jurisdiction with 74,000 kilometres of rivers and streams, 128,000 hectares of lakes and over 5,500 kilometres of coastline,” remarked Ciaran Byrne, IFI chief executive.

He added that angling was “at a turning point” and it was vital to reinvigorate the sector whereby angling supported economic development and jobs, often in rural, peripheral communities.

“This plan outlines how with the right budgetary and staff resources, we can maximise the potential of the resource while also ensuring that our environmental stewardship leaves the inland fisheries and sea angling sectors in a better position.”

Inland Fisheries Corporate Plan 2016-2020