Fisheries Development

The NCFFI is experienced in developing access to fishing for its members working alongside our partners. At the most basic level we supply clubs and members with Public liability letters of indemnity for fishery owners. These are supplied by our Insurance Brokers to named owners.  Owners such as Waterways Ireland, ESB, and IFI have been satisfied by these letters as well as funders like local councils and LEADER partnerships.

At the next level up NCFFI has negotiated and supported management agreements on fisheries between owners and local clubs. These have given clubs significant levels of control while ensuring owners have a say in the running of the fisheries.

Beyond this we have negotiated leasing of fisheries for our clubs. These leases give a great deal of control over to the clubs and may be essential for funding to improve the resources.

If you have a venue that would benefit by development or just needs opening up to anglers, contact us and we can help facilitate.

Ballyshunnock Reservoir, Co. Waterford

Ballyshunnock in Waterford is a good example of club involvement in managing a fishery. Initially Waterford & District CAC were given limited access to fishing on the 80 acre reservoir 12 miles from Waterford City. After 2 years a management plan was drawn up and agreed between IFI and the WDCAC giving the club control of the day to day running of the fishery, including permit sales. Over a five year period we were able to attract over €80,000 of funding for facilities such as stands and roadways.

As plans for development progressed the club were given a 10 year lease on the water. Through the clubs hard work supported by NCFFI this fishery has been transformed.

Newry Canal, Co. Down

A recent request from the NCFFI to open access to the council owned O’Rourkes coalyard site was met with enthusiasm from Newry & Mourne District Council who cleared the way for the anglers.  This venue now provides parking access to the swims on the Albert Basin of the canal via a secure site.  The venue has already hosted several events and the council are looking at a proposal to enhance the area to make a potential 50 pegs available in the near future.

Inniscarra Reservoir, Coachford, Co. Cork

In 2011 our honarary president Oliver McGauley attended the FIPsed congress in Rome to make a bid for Ireland to host the 4th FIPS-ed World Feeder Fishing Championships in Ireland. All such events have to be run according to the International CIP’s rules and venues must apply to set conditions.  The proposed location was the Inniscarra Reservoir at Coachford in County Cork but such events must be run according to CIP’s rules and venues must apply to set conditions, for this development would be required.  After tireless campaigning and planning from Inniscarra Lake Tourism Development Ltd. funding was awarded via the Avondhu Blackwater Partnership Ltd. to develop a 2.8km stretch of the reservoir to suit these requirements.  Additional support from Cork County Council, Inland Fisheries Ireland and ESB who granted ILTDL a 25 year license for the venue made this project a reality.  As a result our bid was successful and in July 2014 the newly developed venue hosted the 4th World Feeder Fishing Championships.

The development has seen for the first time in Ireland’s history a World Championship coarse angling venue to rival the best in the World. Further enhancements allowed for the hosting of the World Youth Angling Championships, one of the largest competitions on the CIPS-ed calendar, proving the success of the legacy for angling tourism in the area.

Inniscarra Lake Tourism Development Ltd is itself a success story of anglers working with the local community, the ESB and Cork County Council to manage this fishery.  Through the hosting of large events and a series of angling festivals throughout the year it brings a valuable source of income to this rural area of Ireland. For more information on the visit Inniscarra Angling

The Greenway is a multi purpose amenity suiting a number of outdoor pursuits and holds National Trails status with Sport Ireland.

The NCFFI member clubs Erne Anglers AC and Clones Coarse Anglers worked alongside Inland Fisheries and DCAL Fisheries to support the upgrading of the angling infrastructure as part of the Clones Erne East Blackwater project.  The project lead by Monaghan County Council and comprising of Fermanagh District Council, Clones Town Council, Blackwater Regional Partnership and Clones Development Society has provided new stands to twelve venues old and new, including some disabled platforms increasing accessibility to the local community and visiting angler.   The project concluded with the production of a guide promoting angling tourism in the area.

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