Leave No Trace Ireland Launches Responsible Outdoor Recreation Guide for Angling With Inland Fisheries Ireland

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Leave No Trace Ireland in collaboration with  Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has launched an outdoor recreational guide for angling based on the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace. Anglers are custodians of our natural fisheries resource and this leaflet is a short guide for anglers on how they can minimise the impact their fishing trip can have on the environment. The guide is also a useful checklist for anyone enjoying the outdoors with the Principles being key reminders of how to reduce the effects we have on the natural world. The 7 Principles of Leave No Trace are:

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Be Considerate of Others
  3. Respect Farm Animals and Wildlife
  4. Travel and Camp on Durable Ground
  5. Leave What You Find
  6. Dispose of Waste Properly
  7. Minimise the Effects of Fire

Suzanne Campion, Head of Business Development at Inland Fisheries Ireland said: ‘320,000 Irish people enjoy fishing in Ireland and this guide will help them with their role in protecting the environment. Anglers are important stewards over the waters they fish. The guide we have prepared with Leave No Trace Ireland outlines what to consider before going on an angling trip. The angling community have a role in protecting the environment they fish in and to help nurture it for future generations to enjoy our fisheries resource.’

Maura Kiely, CEO of Leave No Trace Ireland said: ‘We are delighted to team up with Inland Fisheries Ireland to launch this outdoor recreation guide for angling. We have tailored the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace to work as a checklist for anglers when they are embarking on a fishing trip. Anglers are caretakers over the environment they fish in and they understand the need for healthy aquatic systems for fish populations to thrive. The guide will help anglers to make decisions that will minimise any impacts on nature when fishing.’

The guide is available on the Inland Fisheries Ireland website here and on the Leave No Trace Ireland website here. For more information on angling in Ireland visit www.fishinginireland.info.


For media information:

Sadhbh O’Neill

Communications Assistant

Inland Fisheries Ireland

E: sadhbh.oneill@fisheriesireland.ie

T: 01 8842632/ 087 101 9998

Orla O Muiri

Digital and Communications Assistant

Leave No Trace Ireland

E : orla@leavenotraceireland.org

T : (0) 1 9059009

About Inland Fisheries Ireland

Inland Fisheries Ireland is a statutory body operating under the aegis of the Department of Environment, Climate and Communication (DECC) and was established under the Fisheries Act on 1st July 2010. Its principal function is the protection and conservation of the inland fisheries resource. Inland Fisheries Ireland promotes supports, facilitates and advises the Minister on the conservation, protection, management, development and improvement of inland fisheries, including sea angling. Inland Fisheries Ireland also develops policy and national strategies relating to inland fisheries and sea angling and advises the Minister on same.

About Leave No Trace Ireland

Leave No Trace Ireland is Ireland’s only outdoor ethics programme, which promotes the responsible use of the outdoors. Through education, research and partnerships, Leave No Trace Ireland enables and supports individuals, communities, organisations and companies in reducing the environmental impact of outdoor activities.