Inland Fisheries Bill 2009
Date: November 18th, 2009
The Minister for Natural Resources, Mr. Conor Lenihan T.D., today published the Inland Fisheries Bill 2009.
Following on from the Government’s approval of proposals for the restructuring of the inland fisheries sector this Bill sets out the statutory basis for the establishment of Inland Fisheries Ireland. This is the new national inland fisheries body which will subsume the existing Central Board and the seven Regional Fisheries Boards, as well as the governance provisions by which it will be bound.
In announcing the publication of the Inland Fisheries Bill the Minister confirmed that, in recognition of the scale and variety of activities and the location and number of staff across the North Western and Western Fisheries Regions, the Government has agreed, for an initial period at least, to the retention of offices in both Ballina and Galway.
Minister Lenihan said “it is expected that the new structures will be in place by next Spring, following the passage of the legislation through the Oireachtas to enactment. The restructuring is necessary to ensure that our inland fisheries sector thrives and reaches its full potential and will bring about a better use of existing resources and deliver improved value for money. I look forward to working with all stakeholders as we enter this new era for the management of the sector. Dr. Ciaran Byrne has been appointed as CEO designate of Inland Fisheries Ireland and will lead, what I am sure will be, a smooth transition to the new structures.”