Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has today (20.02.15) launched a public consultation in preparation for the development of a National Angling Development Plan (NADP).
It is envisaged that a NADP will provide criteria, support and proposals to ensure the sustainability of Ireland’s angling resource and the continuing sustainable development of that resource to maximise the benefits (social and economic) to Ireland on a prioritised basis.
Anglers, angling clubs, angling federations, fishery owners, community groups, angling service providers, state agencies and members of the public are being invited to make submissions which may include: strategies for the development of angling, physical development projects, novice angler initiatives, evaluation criteria of fisheries status by species/discipline type (i.e. what makes a good fishery) and angling/fishery support service requirements; submissions can be formulated on a national, regional or local basis as necessary.
An essential part of IFIs consideration will be how a development plan can be implemented, the resource requirements and how the support of fishery owners, anglers, state bodies and other stakeholders can be garnered so that the sector prospers.
In a parallel to the findings of several Scottish angling economic studies, a recent study of the recreational angling sector in Ireland found that sea angling, along with salmon and brown trout angling, were seen as the most popular categories where domestic anglers are concerned.
If other countries can recognise the value of angling and realise the potential for its development, surely the time has come for the Scottish Government to do so !