The plan includes input from local managers and aims to remove close to 8,400 pike from the lakes, “a significant increase on the objective of some 6,840 removals set for 2017,” he said.
A separate management plan has been in place since January for the Owenriff system following the introduction of pike to those waters.
“IFI’s rehabilitation plan for that system, based on work they have been doing since summer last year, will be announced shortly,” Minister Kyne added.
Work on stock management operations is expected to commence ‘immediately’ and routine analysis of stomach contents will be undertaken for research purposes.
S59 Authorisations are required by clubs and organisations wishing to remove pike via angling competitions on managed trout fisheries.
IFI is currently reviewing its policy on pike management in designated wild brown trout fisheries; the 2018 Plan is based on a continuation of operations in line with existing policies.
Management of the large limestone wild brown trout lakes has been set out in policy, and stock management is “prioritised” in line with the special designation of these lakes.
“I have directed my Department, working in tandem with IFI, to consider how this designation can be given statutory status as a matter of priority,” Minister Kyne outlined.
2018 plan covers operations in Loughs Corrib; Mask; Carra; Conn; Cullin; Arrow and Sheelin