78 rivers open for salmon angling in 2018

78 rivers open in 2018 but not without controversy. Pic: FishinginIreland.info

New regulations and bye-laws for salmon and sea trout fisheries have come into effect from Monday 1st January 2018.

78 rivers are open for angling, of which:
• 42 rivers should be open, as a surplus of fish has been identified in these rivers;
• 36 rivers should be classified as open for ‘Catch and Release’ angling.

68 rivers should be closed, as they have no surplus of fish available for harvest.

Mr. Sean Kyne TD, Minister with responsibility for the inland fisheries sector said: “In all, 78 rivers will open for angling activity in 2018 and this will provide opportunities for all to share this important natural resource on a sustainable basis. 42 of these rivers will be fully open with a further 36 for angling on a ‘Catch and Release’ basis. I had asked Inland Fisheries Ireland to carry out a full review of the ‘Catch and Release’ element of fisheries management policy ahead of the 2018 season and this has resulted in an additional 12 rivers open on a ‘Catch and Release’ basis which otherwise would have been closed.”

The Department’s press release, and additional information, is available here