With the fishing season beginning in March, ‘Operation Salar’ was launched at the River Bush Salmon Station, Bushmills, on Tuesday 18 February.
This is a new initiative between the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime, the Department for Culture Arts and Leisure (DCAL) and the Loughs Agency.
Operation Salar aims to combat fish poaching and to protect fish stocks across Northern Ireland. It focuses on encouraging the public to report suspected fish poaching, enforcing fishing regulations and increasing awareness of the legislation surrounding fishing and the importance of protecting fish stocks.
Representatives from Police Service of Northern Ireland, Department of Culture Arts and Leisure, Loughs Agency, Countryside Alliance Ireland, and the Ulster Angling Federation were in attendance at the launch and they were given a most informative tour around the Salmon Station. The event was also supported by Glenda Powell, the current Chairperson of APGAI Ireland.
An information leaflet with the relevant contact telephone numbers and details to report any suspicious or illegal activity has been produced – www.caireland.org
Countryside Alliance Ireland Chief Executive, Lyall Plant who is Chairman of the Partnership against Wildlife Crime poaching sub-group opened the launch. He commented: “The protection of salmon and fish in the rivers and lakes across Northern Ireland is important for our environment and the economy. I call on the public to get behind Operation Salar and use the leaflet to report suspicious activity and therefore undermine those who care little for protecting our fish stocks, now and for the future.”
Irish Ladies Fly Fishing Association First Trial of 2014
The Irish Ladies Fly Fishing Association (ILFA) has recently announced their first trial date of 2014. The trial will be held on Sunday 9th March in Straid Fishery, Ballyclare, County Antrim, from 11am until 6pm.
The ILFA is for women who are interested in fly fishing. Straid Fishery is a fly fishing only lake with twenty acres of water which has rainbow trout that weigh from two pounds to over ten pounds.
There are three more trials happening throughout Ireland and further information can be found on the ILFA’s Facebook page or their website – www.irishladiesflyfishing.com