17th October 2019
Careysville Fishery 2020 Rod Catch Restrictions
2019 was another challenging year for many salmon rivers internationally and the River Blackwater specifically, as wild salmon stocks continue to decline.
The Lismore and Careysville Estates are increasingly concerned about this decline, which we have been monitoring over the past few years. While we appreciate a collective response is required from all riparian interests, Inland Fisheries Ireland and other interested parties to arrest this decline in Atlantic salmon, we have considered carefully what conservation measures Careysville might specifically adopt to help preserve remaining salmon stocks in the River Blackwater.
We therefore feel we can no longer justify removing multiple salmon from the river catchment of which Careysville forms part, while stocks are at their present levels. However, we also recognise that some of our guests may wish to take a salmon home, while it remains legal to do so.
Given our catch records over the last few years, we maintain that the current Irish State catch policy, led by Inland Fisheries Ireland, of 10 fish per season per angler, including three a day in summer is not sustainable. Consequently, catch allowances will and need to be reduced and as a responsible fishery we wish to actively contribute to reversing the decline in salmon stocks. Therefore, in 2020 Careysville will be introducing its own stricter rod catch limits. These are:
We do appreciate that these measures may seem disproportionate to some, but given our declining catch records and the undisputed reduction in salmon stocks on the Blackwater and nationally, we feel our decision is the correct approach. However, we will review our policy at end of 2020 season.
We do hope you will support our approach by which and the efforts of many others, be they riparian owners and interests, policy makers, and anglers we might reverse the decline in salmon stocks so that following generations might enjoy the same quality of fishing we have experienced in the past.
Fishery Manager, Careysville